The Stigma On Mental Health: The Real ProblemCreated by:
Here in the Philippines and in many countries, especially in Asia, Mental Health is very much neglected and as a result there is a continuing rise in suicide rates. I don't know in your country, but in my country, the STIGMA is real. Filipinos tuck away mental health issues because it's mess you do not want to show off. My sister was diagnosed bipolar in highschool and I have an aunt currently in a private home for schizoprenia--mental disease is real for me.
Years ago a close friend of mine tried to kill himself, and after being treated for "overdose", the doctor required that he undergo therapy. He went one time and then stopped going. He also refused to take the medications. His parents said, "We know you better than those doctors, you can talk to us".
Why are people unable to grasp mental disease seriously? On the photo I attached this is the FB discussion under Senator Hontiveros' campaign for MENTAL HEALTH. I will translate some of the comments for those who cannot understand Tagalog:
- This is so stupid. Filipinos are considered one of the happiest people on Earth. Wait, let me find the link for that.
- Filipinos are generally happy. It's impossible for us to become depressed. Maybe some are just depressed because they cannot buy drugs.
- So what? You people in the Senate should just commit harakiri
- Was this statement confirmed by a specialist or is this just drawn from her own conclusion?
- Hey Hontiveros! There are too many problems and you make a decision to tackle this worthless cause?
It's very painful to read, huh? The stigma is real and the consequence of this stigma is painful and serious. How can we abolish this stigma?