Mental Illnesses In Urban Communities

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Mental illness has been a very underrated medical issue. It was long believed that people with mental illnesses were cursed by a higher being, possessed by the devil, or disgraceful. Children were kept away from their parents and adults were banished from their homes and communities. Although mental illnesses have become less stigmatised over the years, people with mental illnesses, who do not come from middle class or affluent communities, still do not have access to the proper information and care that they need. It seems that those who reside in underserved, urban communities are not aware of the truths of mental health, especially mental illnesses. There still is a social stigma surrounding mental illnesses that I would like to dispel…show more content…
This is especially true in minority communities. There is a stereotype in minority communities that depression, schizophrenia, chemical imbalances, et cetera are “rich people’s diseases” and arise when someone does not have any real problems. Instead of seeking a professional that can help, they continue on with their lives assuming that keeping quiet and going on with their lives will be beneficial to their health. MOSS would help to stop these ideas and focus on the the truths and betterment of the mental health within urban minority community. This is where the mental health educational seminars would take place. The pamphlets brought door to door will be understandable and easy to read. If these seminars and pamphlets were implemented, then the stigma and stereotypes will begin to be dispelled and the people will better understand the issues at…show more content…
Treating a mental illness can be expensive. Although insurance will cover some of the costs, it may not cover costs that could have the same benefit as pills, like visiting a psychologist every week. Many mental health issues, especially emotional and trauma induced issues, stem from experiences a person has had. This means that possibly speaking to someone to find the root of the problem and correct it would be a better solution than a higher dosage of medicine to conceal the symptoms. MOSS would not only provide information on what issuances, such as Obama Care, cover, but also, provide these people with a psychologist to speak with for free as many times a month as they need. Money, therefore, would not be an inhibitor to be mentally
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