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JacintaBorrello
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There is no stigma surrounding mental health issues in Australia

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Started: 9/18/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jessicabeltempo

Pro

Firstly, No stigma helps people not to feel discriminated when asking professionals for help and getting the treatment and support they need. Meaning that Australia is a place where people feel free to talk about their problems, This is supported because Australia is a country trying to work on lowering mental illness statistics. Stigma also does not affect everyone with a mental illness in the same way it would for other people, Therefore it can vary from person to person meaning some groups of people will be more affected than others.
JacintaBorrello

Con

"To the world you look like you're OK, You have a face full of makeup and a smile on your face, You don't look like you're sad, But inside you feel a bit dead. " The young girl who wrote this was clearly suffering however she covers up her problems everyday. Why? Because their is a stigma that can be hurtful and debilitating and that is why we shouldn't ignore the facts. Some people may ask for help however statistics have proven that more than 50 per cent of young Australians are too embarrassed to talk about mental health issues and 26 per cent of young people aged 12 " 25 wouldn"t tell anyone about a mental health issue. This information came from headspace a respected wellbeing organisation that is bluntly telling us to not disregard the facts and see that a stigma does exist when it comes to mental health in society today.
Debate Round No. 1
jessicabeltempo

Pro

Secondly, There are many resources to help people with mental illness, An example of this is councilors. Counselors can help because they are professionally trained to help deal with the problems of having a mental illness. Celebrities can also help with mental illnesses because people can relate to them. An example of this is an actress called Lili Reinhart. She shows anti- stigma because she is open about her experiences with mental health which then impacts her fans who might be facing similar issues. A reporter stated that, "Lili wants to continue talking about depression and mental health issues because she knows it helps people feel less alone. "
JacintaBorrello

Con

Have you ever internalised a prejudice you have heard? Felt insecure about something because you feel the threat of being trapped in a stereotype? This is all associated with what is called a self-stigma. As my opponent said Lili Reinhart did speak up about her personal experience with mental health however she is 22 and only starting to speak up which means a stigma does exist if it took her so long to talk about her issues. Maybe she was scared, Insecure about being shamed for having a mental health issue. Shani Grimmond a famous youtuber was able to open up about her own mental health issues however she also says that she has been dealing with it for a while and that she hadn"t been active on her youtube account for some time. This reinforces the idea that even though some people can speak up to others there is a personal stigma that exists and can stop someone from speaking up or seeking help immediately. Charlie Cooper, 21 is another person who bravely was able to speak up about his mental health but he also talks about what stopped him from speaking up for so long. He says. "I struggled with anxiety for over a year before I spoke up. I worried about whether my family and friends would see me as soft, Incapable or crazy". As can be seen through Charlie"s journey a stigma does exist when it comes to mental health. Even the people who do eventually speak up have been holding it in for so long because of this shame. We can"t be indifferent to the fact that this shame does exists, Because we can see that it does. We know that self stigma is the hardest to end and the most common form of a stigma found in adolescents today because these 3 examples of people who have spoken up are over 20 years old, There for they have been battling a mental illness alone for to long. That is why it is so important to acknowledge that it still alive in society today so that we can learn to rid ourselves of this personal or social stigma forever.
Debate Round No. 2
jessicabeltempo

Pro

Thirdly, Evidence suggests that Australia"s mental health resource, Beyondblue is an anti-stigma campaign. This is because beyondblue is an organisation working hard to address the issues associated with depression, Suicide, Anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses and disorders. Beyondblue offers many articles for people suffering from bipolar disorders, Mental health, Or even becoming a parent. They also offer sources to help with getting support, Finding healthy places, Getting involved or even making donations. As the opponents stated, Lili Reinhart only started speaking up about her mental illness a few years ago. She also stated that maybe she didn't speak up about it sooner because there was so much stigma in AMERICA. That might be the case for America, But not in Australia, And because we are talking about stigma in Australia, America doesn't count!
JacintaBorrello

Con

Finally, There is also a social stigma that stems from the media. My opponent said that there are organisation that are trying to help the fight the stigma we all know exists however evidence shows that the presentation of positive images does not appear to balance negative media portrayals and we don"t realise how much the media actually stigmatises those with mental health issues. The presentation of negative images of mental illness in both fiction and non-fiction media results in the development of more negative and inaccurate beliefs about mental illness. 40 percent of people report that the media as a source of their belief linking serious mental illness with violence and 1 in 6 people with a mental illness say newspaper portrayals of mental illness generally discourage them from seeking help. The media is incredibly powerful in educating and influencing the public and right now we can not overlook the fact that the media is a part of increasing this stigma.
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