Fighting Mental Health Stigma

Fighting Mental Health Stigma

Rayson Choo 09/03/2020 19
Fighting Mental Health Stigma

After working in the psychiatric sector for about 5 and half years, I realized that mental health and mental wellness are very important if we want to lead and live a very happy life.

Many times, people have neglected it because they have a belief that it'll never happen to them at all.

However, according to the recent Singapore Mental Health Study, it shows that about one in ten people suffers from a mental disorder- be it the commonly known depression, Schizophrenia, OCD and etc.

In fact, what many wouldn't know is that Mental disorders affect children too. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable and can be a product of the interaction of genetics, biological, psychological, and social factors.

Just like what you have read in my story, I hate to admit that it is true that many mental illnesses run in families, suggesting they may be passed on from parents to children through genes. However, just because your mother or father may have or had a mental illness doesn't mean you will have one.

Biological factors include defects in or injury to certain areas of the brain and abnormal balance of chemicals.

Then some mental illnesses may be triggered by Psychological trauma that happened before. These could include emotional, physical or even sexual abuse when the person was a child.

Certain stressors -- such as a death or divorce, a dysfunctional family life, changing jobs or schools, and substance abuse -- can trigger a disorder in a person who may be at risk for developing a mental illness.

Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are not due to personal weakness or a character defect -- and recovery from a mental illness is not simply a matter of will and self-discipline.

Hence, when you see someone who is talking to themselves, overly depress or making sure that their hands are cleaned by washing their hands for more than 10 minutes or so, please do not Facebook Live or even STOMP it.

Instead, empathize with them. Make the effort to know them better and do not shy away from them. You'll be surprised at how friendly they can be. The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.

As the saying goes, "Stigma erodes confidence that mental illnesses are real, treatable health condition. We have allowed stigma to erect barriers around effective treatment and recovery. It is time to take those barriers down." Let's end the stigma and change lives. 

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  • Mark Andrews

    Thank you for being so open

  • Rayson

    In reply to: Mark Andrews

    My pleasure ?

  • Tony Wicks

    God Bless You!

  • Eve Ballard

    You have nothing to be depressed about. You have a great life. Anyone ever get hit with this? I am so sad....

  • Liam Connolly

    Sick and tired of the stigma of mental illness

  • Rayson

    In reply to: Liam Connolly

    Then all the more you have to stand up for it and of cos not violently and passively too. You can post on social media or any other mediums to raise awareness by educating the public like how I'm doing ? This will be the 1st step. ?

  • Liam Connolly

    In reply to: Rayson

    You are right

  • Jerry Bedford

    This was very good, we really need to start telling the truth.

  • Rayson

    In reply to: Jerry Bedford

    Thank you! Hope it helps ?

  • Chris Burks

    No one will understand my pain

  • Rayson

    In reply to: Chris Burks

    Yes you are right. No one can but if you can be open enough to share it with someone whom you trust, all the more it'll make you feel better after that. Who knows, you might not know that it might be a divine intervention when you managed to share it with that person you trust and some solutions might come out of it ? Trust me, way better than bottling up and thinking that. ?

  • Matt Redman

    I'm pretty depressed tbh

  • Rayson

    In reply to: Matt Redman

    Sorry to hear that. Mind sharing with me what's causing you to be depressed?

  • Matt Redman

    In reply to: Rayson

    It's personal......

  • Tim Roper

    Be kind to one another. It's so simple.

  • Rayson

    In reply to: Tim Roper

    Yes just like the quote treat others like how you want to be treated. Therefore, never neglect yourself and don't forget to give others love too. This will make the world goes around even better ?

  • David Kelly

    More people need to talk about this. Thank you Rayson.

  • Rayson

    In reply to: David Kelly

    My pleasure! Do share this with the people who needs to hear this ?

  • David Kelly

    In reply to: Rayson

    Sure, will do

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Rayson Choo

Transformation Catalyst Expert

I am a Transformation Catalyst. What I do is I pick the brains of the best entrepreneurs you have in this world such as Gary Vee, Grant Cardone and etc to find out from them what are some of the simple and effective steps that millennials like myself can take to experience success in the swiftest and most effective way possible.I do that through podcasting. The millennials who have listened to the podcast have experienced personal transformation because they have gotten the tips they need to move forward. 


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