The problem with views about mental health and mental illness in society is that there's no open discussion about it. We make an active effort to avoid people who appear to be mentally unwell, and if we suspect or learn that somebody is suffering from a mental illness, we avoid them.
There will always be a group of people that have no idea what they are talking about with anything, mental health is not an exception. Look at vaccinations, for instance. There is a large contingent of people who do not believe in vaccinations, despite copius amounts of positive research. If that is possible then there are definitely people uninformed about this topic.
Mental health is still widely misunderstood in many circles. It also doesn't help that Hollywood and the media have painted a skewed and incorrect picture of what mental health really is. There is also a lot of disinformation about the subject, so it's easy to see why there is a significant number of people that still have misconceptions about mental health. There needs to be an open dialog about the issue, with certified mental health providers and doctors, who can shed light on the subject, as well as an avenue for people who experience mental health conditions to talk about what they're experiencing without judgment. The media also has to be responsible in exposing or covering this issue.
People still need to be educated about mental health, and really, any disease, since people generally don't try to have empathy for those who are afflicted with a health condition. One of the common things people think about mental illness is that those who are depressed can simply "snap out of it," or do something they enjoy and get over it. This isn't the case, and can make people who are depressed feel even worse and less normal. It's important that we all try to understand health issues as much as possible, and have empathy for those with mental and physical illnesses.
In the 1940s and 1950s, it was decided the best way to deal with dyslexia was to get a lobotomy. Today, the new barbarism when it comes to mental health is to either be silent about mental issues or overmedicate the patient. Let's try a combination of therapy, natural remedies and mild psychiatric drugs to see what happens. Likely, we'll see less violence, fewer gun massacres and less shootings in the United States if everyone had better access to mental health care. There's no need for anyone, male or female, to be stygmatized for seeking the professional help of a counselor for their psychological problems.