Running head: STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION: MENTAL ILLNESS 1
STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION: MENTAL ILLNESS 2
31 March 2019
Stigma and Discrimination against the Mentally Ill Youths
The topic I have chosen is about the stigma and discrimination faced by the mentally ill youths in the society. Stigma occurs when an individual is viewed in a negative way because of their mental illness, while discrimination is the negative treatment toward a mentally ill person. What interested me to tackle this topic is because the society does not understand perfectly about mental illness. Stigma and discrimination is prevalent in our societies, and this makes matters worse and it could hinder the youths from accessing the help they need. The society should avoid the stigmatization of the mentally ill youths; they should first see the person and not their condition of being mentally ill. I hope to learn why people discriminate and stigmatize the mentally ill youths, and also the steps that could be taken to stop it. According to Shrivastava et al. (2013), stigma and discrimination cases are prevalent in mentally ill people’s lives, and it is one of the greatest blocks to regaining a normal health and lifestyle.
The disciplines in social science that could deal with mental illness are; psychology, which is the study of the processes of mind and the mind itself. The next discipline is sociology, where a person can dive into social work and get to help the mentally ill youths. The third discipline is anthropology; it is the scientific study of people and their behavior and societies. It could help in understanding more about mental illness and steps that could be taken to avoid discrimination and stigma. My population of interest is the mentally ill youths, as they are the ones who get very affected with stigma and discrimination. The question of my research is “why do people discriminate and stigmatize the mentally ill youths and how can this behavior be dealt with?”
Shrivstava A., Bureau Y., Rewari N. & Johnston M. (2013) Clinical risk of stigma and discrimination of mental illness: Need for objective assessment and quantification. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. Vol. 55(2). https://dx.doi.org/10.4103%2F0019-5545.111459