It was in my 3rd year of BSC Nursing that i discovered my passion for mental health and psychology, then I made up my mind to go for it , Back in my country we tend to neglect mental health illness. A lot of people in my country don’t believe mental health exist. In black community or my country in general we seem to believe we are strong, nothing can break us down, it has gotten into us so much that we don’t believe in mental illness.
"The only shameful thing about mental illness is the stigma attached to it". Only 25% of people with mental health issues feel that people are caring and sympathetic towards their struggles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are a wide variety of "mental illnesses" which can all affect a person in different ways, some issues can compound things and lead to feelings that the only option is to lash out at the world and make them feel the pain they feel inside, i.e. school shootings and homicides. While others feel the need to lash out on themselves instead. Instead of disregarding these issues, we must bring mental health issues out into the sunlight, deal with it, treat people, and have centers where people can get the necessary help they may need.
Why is it so hard to say “I am fighting depression,” and so easy to say “my show got cancelled, I’m so depressed”? The first is looked down upon, and the second is seen as more acceptable. Many people misuse mental illnesses and use them as adjectives, whether on purpose or not. For example, people say, “the way you organize the books on your desk is so neat! You’re so OCD!” Or: “She’s like … anorexic skinny!” Or: “The weather is so bipolar today!”
Stigmas. A word that is commonly used in the world. A word that is commonly stuck in many people’s minds. When the words mental health illnesses come up, some if not most people feel incredibly uncomfortable or even threatened (Davey, 2013). Eventually this could lead to a “discrimination towards people with mental health problems (Davey, 2013). Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D, (2013) put mental health stigma into two categories those being social stigma and perceived stigma or self-stigma. He described social stigma as “mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given (Davey, 2013). The next stigma he described, perceived or self-stigma, “is the internalizing by mental health sufferer of their perceptions of discrimination” (Davey, 2013). Because of the stigmas described, people feeling this way, could cause them to not get the help they need.
Health is defined by the World Health Organisation as the overall physical, mental and social state of well-being. In Australia, mental illness is one of the leading causes of absence at work and the inability to work long-term. The World Health Organisation defined mental health as a state where individuals can cope with stress to realise their potential and work productively contributing to her or his community. Mental health conditions are said to cost Australian organisations AUD$11 to AUD$12 billion each year from absenteeism, weakened work performance, increased turnovers and claims. One in six people of working age is estimated to suffer from mental illness, most commonly depression and anxiety, and is associated with increased personal and economic costs. Mental health difficulties are oftentimes conceptualised as incapability to work effectively, however, majority of mental illness in the workplace is treatable and some are preventable. Nursing, as a ‘helping profession’, is a demanding, high-risk and stressful profession that exposes the nurses to both acute and
Mental illness is an important topic that is rarely spoken or taught in today’s society. About half of people in the world have a mental health disorder, yet most people don’t know what it really means to have a serious health problem. There are numerous theories on why these disorders happen; additionally, some disorders in the world are still a mystery to the science community and also millions of people share these personal experiences through writing.
Canada prides itself on being a multicultural country due to its large population of immigrants. Immigrants contribute greatly to Canada’s economy, culture and general society. Immigrants often come to Canada in search of a better life but they can encounter stressors that can have a large impact on their mental health. In this essay I will explore some factors that lead to mental health issues among the immigrant population, what prevents immigrants from accessing help and measures that could and should be taken to address this issue.
The stigma of mental illness has the effect of that of a double edged sword. One edge is the public, led by misunderstanding and fear, which influences how they will interact and support people with mental illness. The second edge cuts into the mindsets of the mentally ill themselves, as they deal with living in a stigma saturated culture; this influences how they experience their physiological distress and also whether they decide to seek treatment. The attitudes that are cultivated through public misconception create a negative impact upon mental illness.
Mental health is one of components to enhance healthy lives among individuals. According to WHO (2014), mental health can be defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential can cope with the normal stresses of life. As Hong Kong is a fast-moving city, people easily feel stressful. In recent years, there are more suicidal incidents occurred in Hong Kong and within Wah Fu Estate. Most of causes of the incidents were related to mental health e.g A 35-years-old man who has mental problem stabbed his wife to unconscious and then jumped from Wah Lok House (鄺福強2014). Therefore, enhancing metal health awareness of individual is important. In the following community assessment report, the focus
While the world starts to recognise the importance of mental health, much remains to be learned about the different facets of mental health. Mood disorders are a few of the escalating concerns regarding mental health. Mood Disorders represents a category of mental disorders in which the underlying problem affects a person’s persistent emotional state or their mood (NIMH, 2010).
In a research conducted by the World Health Organization Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) regarding the mental health system in the Philippines (2006), it is stated that there is no existing law regarding the provision of mental health services in the country. A mere 5% of the total health budget is allotted on mental health and the major portions are designated on the maintenance and the operation of mental hospitals. These mental hospitals give medical care to 8.97 patients per 100,000 general population. In terms of its facilities, there were no addition of mental hospital beds in the last five years (WHO & DOH, 2006).
Assessment of mental status will help to establish whether a mental disorder or other condition requiring the attention of a psychiatric is present. It also helps to collaborate with the patient to develop an initial treatment plan that will foster treatment adherence, with particular consideration of any immediate interventions that maybe needed to address the safety of the patient and others, or if the evaluation is a reassessment of a patient in long-term treatment, to revise the plan of treatment in accordance with the new perspectives gained from the evaluation.
Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community. (World Health Organisation) Mental health is more than the nonappearance of mental sick wellbeing, yet is something that everyone encounters over their lifetime.
Based on the beliefs, expertise, and experiences of Miller (2015), assessment of the older adult commences by properly identifying oneself and progresses with the identification of risk factors and ascertaining readiness for behavioral change through the use of reciprocal communication, active listening, and keen observation (p. 424). Undoubtedly, appraising risk factors and assessing an individual’s level of knowledge, in addition to their unique beliefs, values, and concerns regarding the risks and rewards of incorporating prevention interventions (p. 424). It is wise to remember some of the barriers that contribute to the challenges of assessing older adults, which can include: age, gender, culture, health literacy, multiple chronic conditions, manifestations of illness, cognitive impairments, and myths and misunderstandings (p. 99).
The rapid growth of technological innovations has influenced the way in which individuals carry out their daily lives. It is not a surprise that technology has had a huge influence on many fields of study, like mental health, for example. Technology was first introduced into clinical psychology interventions through the use of the telephones. Forms of telephone crisis interventions, such as suicide hotlines done by professionals, have existed since the 1970’s. However, after the late 1980’s, researchers began studying the effectiveness of treatments delivered over the phone by mental health professionals. This resulted in the early forms of computer psychotherapy, which has now converted into telehealth.
Overall, I had a very positive experience during this first week of my mental health clinical rotation. When I went into the hospital, I was a little apprehensive because of the stories the orientation nurse told us about the different units. However, when I got onto the unit, I realized that these children were the same as other kids, but they had different mental health issues from their past experiences or their genetics. Most of the kids on this unit did not do anything to become the way they are. After watching the kids for about an hour, I decided to jump in and start playing with a child after being asked to play catch. I played with that girl, then I was asked to help put together a puzzle with a girl. For the rest of the day, I mostly was putting together puzzles or talking with the kids. Blaine and I went to the adolescent side when the children were at one of their groups and watched those
The current policy framework for mental health in Ireland is called, ‘A Vision for Change (2006). This policy sets out a framework for mental health strategy in Ireland and emphasizes how a collaborative approach between Government, professionals, service users and carers is the best way forward. My rationale for choosing this policy is the fact that I have suffered from depression and a general anxiety disorder since the age of 14, and this will be the main subject of the essay. The intention is to define what a mental health issue actually is, how it can have an effect on the life of the client, and who is responsible for promoting and maintaining an individual’s mental health. It will discuss
One in five people in America suffer from a form of a mental health disorder (Mental health). Many people, especially children, develop severe mental illnesses which are usually left untreated for a very long time. Mental illness is becoming more and more common in today’s society. With more younger kids becoming vulnerable to possible mental health disorders, schools should be taking note. Schools in the United States should require mental health screenings; mental health problems can start very early on in life, school violence could be prevented, and suicide rates could go down.
Mental disorders refer to a wide range of mental conditions the affect the mood, thinking and behavior of an individual. Examples of mental disorders include; depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorder and addictive behavior. Many people in Kenya go through some kind of mental health concern from time to time, but this mental health concerns will deteriorate in to mental disorders when persistent signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and effect on an individual’s ability to function properly. Mental disorders account for a huge portion of disease that is largely misunderstood and ignored. Annually about 30% of global population are affected by a mental disorder of some kind and only less than a third of those