Mental Health Month

Rand corporation did a survey that’s cited in the blog post about Mental Health Awareness Month in which 69% of people said they’d rather hide a mental illness than let people know about it, and 90% of those reporting having had mental health issues said they’d been discriminated against as a result.

http://blog.samhsa.gov/2015/05/01/national-mental-health-awareness-month-2015/#.VVLZzrlVgoI

There’s a lot of positive talk about making treatment available and reducing stigma. I would be very interested in hearing from people whether they feel it would be safe to acknowledge a mental illness, whether or not they’ve experienced stigma if people knew about a mental illness, and whether or not people feel adequate treatment is actually accessible. As someone who has been providing help for more than a quarter of a century, I’ve seen HIV/AIDS go from a dread disease to a manageable chronic illness. during the same time, mental illness and addictive disease have remained stigmatized and those suffering from these conditions marginalized. Just my opinion.

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About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).
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