This has prevented our society from dealing with mental health issues as we do other illnesses. Cancer, diabetics, multiple scoliosis, etc are all accepted as illnesses that we embrace and support through fundraising, services and community acceptance.
But the words mental illness creates social distancing and lack of compassion. As one in five children will have a mental illness, it is essential that we as a society work to change our attitudes and breakdown the stigma surrounding mental illness so that we can begin to provide the services and programs necessary to prevent/ reduce mental illness.
Iris the Dragon