Let's say you have a fever, or an illness. You go to the doctor and take some medicine. Let's say you are depressed. People think that you are faking it to get attention, and tell you to stop being depressed. This is why it is such a big problem. Many cases of mental illness are caused by a brain chemical imbalance. You can't simply tell a person to be happy. These days, people who suffer from mental health issues suffer in silence. They bottle it up, and let it destroy them. Many result to self harm, eating disorders, and other unhealthy behaviors to relieve the stress. Many also attempt suicide. Telling people to shut up about their suffering has such bad effects. Help cannot be received unless they ask for help. Speaking up can do wonders. They can receive professional help from a psychiatrist or therapist. And this can save lives! Why not let them speak out, and receive help? People deserve to be happy. Not to suffer alone. Thanks for reading.
Mental health has become a huge problem in the United States. Just look at school shooters like Nicholas Cruz, Dylan Klebold, or Eric Harris. If people had talked over it more and dealt with the problems early on instead of waiting until it was too late, a lot of teens might not have experienced such tragic deaths. There needs to be a lot more discussion and searching for problems when it comes to this matter.
The problem with speaking about mental health is that every blog reader believes they're an expert on the subject. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association don't even agree on the very basics of Mental Health, how is should be defined, and whether or not claims of genetics, chemical imbalances or other issues are major controlling mechanisms in behavior.
The behavioral science movement of the 1800s to the 1970s proved disastrous for people suffering from abuse, persecution, sexism, racism, classism and rankism, with millions of victims wrongly being detained and labeled with genetic inferiority, forced sterilization, oppression, lobotomies, etc.
This lead to the creation of Critical Psychiatry, a movement gaining momentum among academics that promote psychiatry with one major difference than old (once mainstream) psychiatry: Caution.
Critical psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, doctors and social philosophers have argued for keeping Mental Health out of State hands and out of the Public's Control, simply because from a historical point of view that the neither the Public nor the Government are unbiased, fair, intellectually honest or rational when assessing the mental states and equal rights and freedoms of others, especially minorities, the civil disobedient, children, the poor and social gadflies.
Statistically speaking, the Goverment and both APA's have declared that those labeled as mentally ill are actually LESS LIKELY to commit acts of violence when compared to the rest of the population, and are MORE LIKELY to to be victims of abuse.
On top of this there are issues with stigma, accuracy, bullying, stereotyping and privacy that supersede the public's "right" to promote an uninformed cultural and biased view of mental health.
In regards to personal health, the group is not entitled to have control, have access to, or even influence an individuals healthcare, identity, or standing.
History has a lot to say about discussing groups discussing the individuals mental health: Unless the group is *already* educated enough to discuss a subject, meaning that all incorrect information has already been weeded out, then discussion and debate becomes nothing more than an exercise in fear mongering and group narcissism.