In many cultures, birth defects are considered a curse and are sought to be removed by some method: spiritually or by simply ignoring them. However, as science is improving and eyes are opening towards the topic of birth defects, more research has been conducted to understand and accept them. Since the 1960s, the federal government introduced ways that mentally ill patients could live outside a mental hospital, where they were confined from the general public, and live a normal life. Many communities and mental centers were built to allow continuous and efficient care for those patients from their homes. Yet, the question remains whether or not the whole world has accepted mental illnesses. Many believe that the mentally ill should be…show more content… Canada is one of the many countries to improve mental health conditions culturally and medically, another leading country is Australia. In Australia, a two-day event was held at the University of Melbourne called Try Walking in My Shoes. Try Walking in My Shoes, “look[s] at how empathy can be boosted and community awareness raised by,” (Sun-Herald 5) depicting what life is like for the mentally ill. Included in the event was a symposium that explored the on-screen portrayals of people with a mental illness. In an effort to end the comical relief and violent killer stereotypes of the mentally ill, Australian films like The Sunnyboy, a documentary of the life of a singer suffering from schizophrenia, and Hypothesis, a film about the director's twelve year battle with bipolar disorder, were presented at the symposium. Canada’s latest project and the symposium in Australia encourage equality in care and behavior towards these patients. Equality is not seen in other parts of the world as people in other countries continue to classify people with mental illnesses as a disgrace.
Furthermore, despite all the awareness and campaigns to get people to sympathize and empathize with the mentally ill, many people believe in ignoring and even neglecting these illnesses to avoid public ostracization. This is widely seen in developing countries or in