Persuasive Essay On Mental Illness

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During the “Change Direction” mental health event First Lady Michelle Obama said, “At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. [...] Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” Unfortunately, there is a difference in the way society views mental illness compared to other ailments in the body. Stigma around mental illness has had very immense adverse effects on the willingness of undiagnosed suffers to seek treatment when they need it. As a result of this one in five people with a mental illness will not get the treatment they need which has the effect of significantly higher suicide rates. In an effort to reduce stigma around mental illness, so that more undiagnosed sufferers seek treatment, schools should devote more time to increasing awareness of mental illness and its effects. Mental illness stigma prohibits people from getting the treatment they need, as a result suicide is highly prevalent among untreated sufferers. An instance in which this can be seen is in the statistics of the individuals who commit suicide. According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, because of stigma around mental illness, “90% of individuals who die by suicide [had an] untreated mental illness”. It can be seen that since a large majority of the individuals who commit suicide do have an untreated mental illness, stigma around mental illness is
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