A topic with plenty of stigmas attached and not one people often like to talk about, mental illness, in its many forms, affects at least tens of millions of Americans. In honor of National Mental Health Month, we at home care Atlanta providers, Atlanta Home Care Partners, want to help those struggling with mental illness to break the chains of silence, and in particular, to encourage them to seek the treatment that can improve their quality of life.
Slowly but surely, celebrities and other people within the spotlight are beginning to genuinely and vulnerably reveal their own difficulties with such debilitating health issues as anxiety and depression. Nevertheless we still have a long way to go. Significantly less understood and more negatively perceived conditions, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, are routinely covered over. In reality, research obtained from the National Institutes of Health demonstrates that a psychosis diagnosis is considered the most highly stigmatized and discriminated against mental health issue.
Unfortunately, this dread of stigmatization is leading to “a pervasive barrier that prevents many individuals in the U.S. from engaging in mental health care,” according to a 2014 literature review published in the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services journal.
So, how can we help individuals with mental health concerns actually feel safer in conveying their struggles, enabling them to take advantage of the treatment they require? Several mental health advocacy organizations are making advancements. For instance, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has created the Stigmafree Pledge to help develop awareness and acceptance. And, the American Psychological Association (APA) has produced an academic journal, Stigma and Health.
If you would like to learn more about helping seniors with mental health issues and how personal care services can really help, contact Atlanta Home Care Partners today. We provide the best personal care Decatur and the surrounding area has to offer.