According to New York Daily, about 42 million American adults suffers from mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Mental health is a person’s condition concerning their psychological and emotional well-being. People who are considered “mentally ill” have major shifts in mood, thinking and/or behavior. When seeking mental help a consent process is done so that you are aware of your benefits and risks when agreeing to a mental health diagnoses. However, more times than not the risks are not fully expresses to the client by their counselor. Labels such as “mentally ill” carries a negative connotation especially when the client is seeking a job or in the court of law. Many people who deal with mental illness are discriminated against in the work force. This makes it difficult for men and women who try to support their families finically but are unable to because are denied a job. Unemployment rates have only been increasing among the mentally ill. Which affects our economy negatively. Employment discrimination against the mentally ill is an unethical issue that is over looked in the United States.
In the counseling field, there are certain procedures to go through when a client treated for a mental health condition. Consent is the permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. Consent is a very important process especially when someone is seeking help for mental health issues. In the consent