Mental Health Awarness
A Solution That Now Looks Crazy-The New York Times-By: Richard A. Friedman, M.D.
The article goes over Dr. E. Fuller Torrey's book and explains its pros and cons. It states how a group of psychiatrists wanted a new reformed, mentally healthy America. To do so they formed the National Institute of Mental Health. This was the start of good intentions gone bad. Mental health care was not the best at the time and needed to be changed. What was thought to be a great idea and an even greater step forward turned into a giant mess. The basic problem was that not many patients got treatment. Those who had the "well worried" were the ones being treated and not the ones who truly needed it. If people realized that those who are homeless, commit suicide, etc. have a dignosable and treatable mental illness, it could fix all of those problems and put them to a stop. It was thought that effective treatment for mental illness would lower violence in the community, but what was not realized or cared about was that only 4% of violence in the U.S. is attributed with mental illness. It proves how if people were educated it would help those with mental illnesses and make helping them easier, too. It will make their lives and our lives easier and safer.
IU study: 'Backbone' of mental illness stigma common in 16 countries studied-Mental Health Weekly Digest-By: News Reporter-Staff News Editor
Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness Stigma with Mental Health Awareness Patch-Mental Health Weekly Digest-By: News Reporter-Staff News Editor
- Doctors are already doing enough to help those inflicted with mental illnesses. If the public is educated they can do something to help doctors to find a better solution.
- What can the public do? They don't know much about mental illnesses. The public needs to educated so they can do something and they do know what to do to help.
- How can you educate the public? It's not like they will agree to listen to what is said. Start by educating the kids in school because they are the future and will have the knowledge to make an impact in the future.