My inquiry question is “What are the effects of stigma against mental illness?”
As a person who has mental illness, I have first-handedly seen the effects of what stigma against mental illness can do to myself. It’s even embarrassing for myself to even admit that I have it at times. For a long time mental illness was seen as taboo as it was believed that those with it were victims of witchcraft or possessed by evil spirits. A lot of the effects of this can still be seen today, for example, our education system barely touches on the topic of it and lacks resources on how to seek help. I believe that it’s important for ourselves to talk about mental health and mental illness to help more people feel confidence in asking for help. Another reason I believe it’s important is so that there is more of a demand to have accessible resources for help. Private therapy can range from 50$ to 240$ per each session. Fortunately for myself, I receive therapy from the Child & Youth Mental Health Services Office, however, I had to wait about 3 months to receive counselling. Some people don’t have the money or time to wait receive help, leaving them left untreated.