Once a child goes through a harsh social condition of homelessness they are often seldom directed to service providers wanting to continue to live on their own instead of transitional houses or homeless shelters (Kimberly Bender, 380). One argument is to enforce the focus of youth dealing with homelessness, but from a youth’s perspective living in a strict homeless shelter seem to cause or make depression their worse (Andrea Krusi, 284). Homeless youth face several challenges including the lack of social support needed from a shelter, the life within a youth centered shelter,
Studies have also found that South Asians seem to not improve with treatment as much as other Asian groups (Ying and Hu, 1994). The reasons for this difference are many; it has been found that minorities in treatment may often not have access to mental health services, and/or they may receive a poorer quality of treatment. Minorities are also underrepresented in mental health research, which would lead to lack of knowledge of culture specific disorders, or culture specific symptoms of disorders, making it difficult to diagnose their disorders (U.S public health services, 2001). Cultural beliefs regarding how to deal with components of mental illness may be contrary to what professional helpers may require people to do. This may cause suspicion and confusion and may further dissuade people from seeking professional help, preferring to keep to their traditional practices.
This one reason as to why it is not perceived as a major problem, the fact that it comes and goes people see it as people making excuses to get out of doing things for example work or school. Sociology, Depression is a barrier that unless we start acknowledging it as a real illness, then we won’t be able to properly communicate and understand those who are suffering with this illness. Furthermore, Society does not grasp depression as a social problem, but rather a personal problem. One suffering through depression, because it is just them suffering it doesn’t have any impact on society.
On the other hand, perceived stigma or self-stigma is the internalizing by the mental health sufferer of their perceptions of discrimination (Link, Cullen, Struening & Shrout, 1989), and perceived stigma can significantly affect feelings of shame and lead to poorer treatment outcomes (Perlick, Rosenheck, Clarkin, Sirey et al., 2001). Back in the early 2000’s, there are a lot of cases pertaining mental health stigma and that society tends to discriminate these people with this disability rather than realizing the actual daily routine that a mental disorder patient go through in their lives. It is a lot harder than we think as most of us don’t encounter mental stigma thoughts. With that being said there is the global perspective relating this issue.
One reason that explains why immigrants do not seek help is the language barrier that immigrants struggle with. The fact that “mental health treatment relies on direct verbal communication rather than objective tests as for physical illness …” (Kim et al., 2011, p.104) makes it really difficult for immigrants with low English proficiency levels to accurately describe their symptoms to a doctor further isolating them without receiving professional help. Many cultures also consider mental health issues “taboo” and might not have direct translations for such issues. (Simich, 2010, p.20).
Homelessness is affecting many people today, and on the other hand it 's considered as a trauma too. It can make people commit suicide thinking that they are alone in this world, people that don 't have a family, nobody to turn to in this world, and that very dangerous and most of in children. This are the things that people face when they are homeless: puberty, transportation issues, limited social support, limited education, and emotional factors. There are many resources for people that are homeless. But, imagine you feel lost and don 't know where to go or what to do.
As previously mentioned those who are disabled are not very welcomed nowadays in the society as people tend to degrade them because of their disability. This causes them to be socially excluded yet it affects them in many ways as further explained below. Disabled people tend to struggle with self-hatred towards them and towards the society because the society doesn’t treat them normally neither does the society make them feel wanted or accepted. They always pity themselves due to the disability. Most of them have psychological issues which develop as they tend to grow up because they bottle up the hatred deep inside of them.
Now, however, it is known as “the housing of last resort” by its critics. This outlook by many degrades the program, as well as its residents, to a secondary status in the eyes of policy makers, government officials, and public as a whole. Public housing developments look isolated from the rest of the city due to signs of deterioration like deserted properties, empty lots, abandoned commercial strips, and vacant factories. This unfortunate condition goes against the drive for self-sufficiency and empowerment among the poor, mainly in developments of public housing (Chandler,
These factors include poverty, home ownership, poor English, ethnic minorities, immigrant status and high density housing”. Social vulnerable populations are at risk during a disaster because of their socio-economic standing. Lack of money and transportation hindered their attempts to evacuate. Furthermore, a large number of residents did not trust the local authorities and refused to evacuate. During Hurricane Katrina, socially vulnerable populations lived in the areas most susceptible to levees
Stress is something we all go through and over time our stress beings to build up. Many believe that stress starts to impact one 's life by the time they start middle school or the beginning of their teenage years. The transition from elementary to middle school into high school can be very intense. Students become highly influenced by their surroundings which makes them susceptible to descended into unhealthy coping mechanisms. At this point in time their lives are shifting dramatically, they will be encountering many different people.
Before the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980, people with mental health illnesses were confined to public psychiatric hospitals where they were neglected and poorly medicated. Patients’ needs were unmet due to the lack of knowledge and prevention services which led to a number of deaths of the mentally ill. Due to the lack of services, hospitals were not equipped with early detection or prevention programs that would have reduced the number of hospitalized patients. Before the federal government partnered with the state 's, funding was limiting which led to the government overlooking the individual needs of each community or state. Another problem that needed revision was aftercare.
Although mental illness has not always been a subject of social importance, it has always been an issue in America. In the early years of this country, mentally disabled people were considered morally unclean and were social outcasts. At this time in history there were not places for these people to go to any sort of treatment so they were cared for by their families. Since it was socially unacceptable to have a mental illness at the time, there were some cases where people lived in poorhouses or were sent to jail (Ozarin). The necessity to treat the mentally ill increased as America continued to grow and advance.
Mental Health is a tough topic to talk about but for the African American Community; the concept of mental illness or overall mental health is swept up under the rug. The African American community is not informed and misunderstands mental health and illnesses, but why? In other communities of people mental health and all of its aspects are accepted but for my community of people it's something that is not openly discussed and looked down upon. According to mentalhealth.gov, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.