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The impact that social and cultural attitudes to mental illness can have on individuals and their care.

July 18th, 2020

This is the 6th in a series of blogs, using answers to pass Mental Health qualifications.

Negative attitudes can cause situations to worsen as people having mental ill health may find it harder to seek help and support, which can cause further isolation and decreasing health.

Difficulties that people already have may worsen.  Whilst there remains a stigma towards mental ill health, people struggling will continue to do so, to talk and still feel further stigmatised, excluded and discriminated against.  This can cause further isolation and individuals will not share their problems and concerns.  Naturally, this can stop someone seeking the correct help and support, potentially making problems worse, especially if they take on self-medication and self-care techniques of substance abuse to help, which of course, it does not.

Obviously, the exact opposite can happen.  If people opened up and felt able to be open and sought the correct help and support, education and realisation would increase and improve, reducing stigma and individual isolation.

Better healthcare techniques could be advocated and be more widely recognised.

The economy could improve as people with mental ill health may find it easier to be accepted into the workplace, causing less strain on the benefits systems and the healthcare system.

The next blog will focus on the legal context of mental illness.

Tracey of PlumEssence Therapies and Training is a Mental Health First Aider and teacher / trainer for a range of Mental Health Awareness qualifications and accredited First Aid for Mental Health courses. 
If you are interested in any therapies, treatments or courses, please make contact on 01889 808388 or 07803 399594 or email [email protected]

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