Mental Health Argumentative Project

By Lauren Fanz and Halle Redman


Patients with mental illness are discriminated against which is not right because it is their freedom as an American citizen to live their lives without the harsh judgement of society, and patients with mental illness may be considered disabled but they are able to accomplish many tasks as an ordinary person.
Fall Out Boy - Golden

Source 1

IU study: 'Backbone' of mental illnesss stigma common in 16 countries studied- from Psychiatry, Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Mental Illness, Indiana University


This articles position on mental illness is that there is recognizable discrimination by society and that the discrimination is present in cultures that even are the most excepting.

Supporting Details

- "It can produce discrimination in employment, housing, medical care and social relationships, and have a negative impact on the quality of life for these individuals and their families and friends." (IU Study pg 1)

This shows that because of the discrimination that patients with mental illness face their lives are impacted in a negative way.

-" "The stereotype of all people with mental illness as 'not able' is just wrong." (IU Study pg 1)

This statement from this article proves the point that because patients with a mental illness are stereotyped to be incapable of doing anything that they are handicapped and that they can not do anything when the true statement is that these patients are able to accomplish the many tasks as a normal individual.


This article proves that there is an identifiable stigma of mental illness that negatively impacts the lives of the mentally ill. Like stated in the thesis, it disputes that mental patients can do what normal people do, despite the common belief of society that they cannot.

Source 2

Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness Stigma with Mental Health Awareness Patch. Mental Health Weekly Digest. 23 Sept. 2013.


The article takes side with the Girl Scouts and IBPF, saying that the stigma presented with mental illness is common and often hinders the patient from making any progress, so they would like to educate the public in order to stop these discriminations.

Supporting Details

- " "...mental illness carries a stigma that causes additional suffering and often is a barrier to treatment and support," states Muffy Walker, Board President of IBPF." (Girl Scouts pg 1)

Walker's quote proves that, although they try, mentally ill people can no longer feel normal or able to fight against their illness due to the judgement of others.

- "Developed by International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), whose mission includes erasing the stigma of mental illness through public education, the Mental Health Awareness Patch has been awarded to over 500 Girl Scouts nationwide." (Girl Scouts pg 1)

The Girl Scouts of America, as well as other organizations worldwide, have been taking the first step towards eliminating the stigma of mental illness by informing their communities that they should be accepting of the mentally ill, not against them. They wish to inform society that the mentally ill are still humans and should be treated with respect instead of judgment.


This article supports the thesis by identifying the massive stigma against the mentally ill. It proves that the discrimination they get from society hinders their ability to live their life normally, and people have identified that this is wrong, causing them to spread awareness of it.

Source 3

A Solution That Looks Crazy. New York Times 14 Jan. 2014


This article's view on patients with mental illness is that even if society were to help these patients by treating them the percentage suicides would most likely decrease but even so the effect would not be that effective.

Supporting Details

- "Curiously, he does not explore the possibility that better psychiatric treatment might well reduce the risk of suicide: A vast majority of people who commit suicide.. do have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illness. " (Solution pg 2)

Since suicide is in found in the vast majority of patients with mental illness history, it is more likely that if more help were to be given to these patients the suicide rate would decrease.

- " "The freedom to be insane is a cruel hoax," he write, "perpetrates on those who cannot think clearly by those who will not think clearly." ( Solutions pg 2)

This quote shows that it is not the person with the mental illness's fault for getting hell, it is the people- the physician's- the common man's fault for not thinking for not hearing the patient out when they know they need help. Seeing and thinking go hand in hand.


This article proves that the harsh treatment mentally ill people receive from their peers can negatively impact their lives, sometimes to the point of suicide. Much like the thesis, it takes viewpoint against this stigma, and suggests that people be less judgemental of people with mental illness and physicians do as much as they can to help them.

“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” -Bill Clinton


  • Is it not the right of the people to have a freedom of speech about the matter and right whether or not to house these patients?
  • Why should society help these citizens when they can't even help themselves by getting help and not being homeless?
  • Why should there be public education for mental illness when it really only deals with doctors and those who have it?


  • Yes, it is the right of the people to have the right to speak out about issues they don't agree with but to a point and that point is when another person is being effected the same goes for the quartering act which by the way only came in to par when Americans had to house troops against their will not in this present time with the mental ill.
  • These people should be helped by society because chances are they probably already tried to get help but were refused it because they didn't have the money for it or these mental intuitions were full. Maybe they didn't want help at first but that doesn't mean society should turn its back on these patients who are in need of help.Suicide could be drastically decreased if evaluation and treatment were given to more homeless people.
  • There should be public education For mental illness to lessen the discrimination towards people with it and to also give some hope for the future generations. Not to mention give support to not only the mentally ill but those who are family members and friends so they can also understand.
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy