Mental Health is Working on Issues that have Roots in the Mind

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There are many aspects of mental health that should be considered when working in the field of social work. One major aspect of mental illness the personal definition of mental illness, because it impacts any biases that may be held. Personal biases shape reactions and may impact the success of treatment if a client falls within the biases. There is also the impact of how society views mental illness also can stop those who have mental illness from receiving the support they need. When thinking about mental health what comes to mind is that it is such a vague term. My idea of what mental health is working on issues that have roots in the mind. It could be anything from eating disorders, hoarding, emotional issues that cause behavioral…show more content…
While my biases are personal they may impact me in the practice setting. There is possibility that during practice I may run into a client that has an mental illness and does not receive treatment. The best thing to do would be work through my biases because no matter how professional I am they will impact my thinking. If that is not successful, I would have to refer that client to anther who can provide unbiased services. While I have personal biases there are also biases that society in general have that be seen how people react. Society looks at those with mental illness different ways; the most common are fear and scorn. Many people fear what they do not understand and mental illness fall under that. Because of lack of understanding of what mental illness is there is often fear and even scorn for those who have any sort of mental illness. Most of those who I know look down on those with mental illness and blame them for the symptoms they have. They feel like they are not working hard enough or just are crazy and should be sent away somewhere. That attitude can be seen commonly in media and those who are shown to have an mental illness loose respect because they have an mental illness. There are many ways that people can react to mental illness and it all goes back to how people see mental health. The way that people see mental health shapes their personal biases and how they will be able to treat those who have a mental illness. One
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