In today’s society a person’s physical health is significantly more valued then their mental health. However, an individual should be focusing on their holistic health care. Holistic health care focuses on the care of the entire patient, including; “physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of the person; his or her response to illness, and the effect of the illness on the ability to meet self-care needs” (Farlex 2009). So why it is that mental health gets put on the back burner, and not taken as seriously as physical health? I believe that it is because of the stigma that comes along with mental health. There is such a large amount of judgement and negativity placed on those who are struggling with their mental health, it is incredibly unfair and unjust.
So what is stigma? “Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be a disadvantage” (Mayo Clinic 2017). Often people in our society have this judgement and negative view because they are uneducated about the topic, or they truly just do not understand it.
This is just the beginning of my RA, I still have a long ways to go, and a lot more information to provide about mental health stigma. I hope that the research I have done, along with my own personal battles with mental illness will help indivduals gain knowledge on mental illnesses, and how we can STOP the stigma!