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Mental health stigma is the enemy of people struggling with mental illness. 

One of the stigmas surrounding mental health is the idea that people with mental illness are dangerous and are to blame for their disorders. Many people have this belief that those with mental illness are extremely violent. This stigma is derived from media representations, which are often negative and inaccurate, heavily influencing perceptions that the mentally ill are “crazy.” 

Stigma towards mental illness is not only limited to individuals but also exists at an institutional level. This can take the form of policies implemented by government and private organizations that intentionally or unintentionally create barriers for people with mental illness, thereby limiting their opportunities for growth and success.

Such institutional stigmas can have a profound impact on the mental health and well-being of those affected and need to be addressed through education, awareness, and advocacy.

Victims of Violence

There exists a popular notion in society that individuals who suffer from mental illness have an increased tendency to engage in aggressive or violent behavior. However, this belief is not supported by empirical evidence and is instead based on stereotypes and mental health stigma.

It is important to recognize that the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent and that such stigmatizing beliefs can have negative consequences for those who struggle with mental health challenges.

In fact, people who struggle with mental illness are usually victims of violence. Unresolved trauma from the past or even in the present could be one of the contributors to their disorder and mental health decline.

It becomes even far worse because of the stigmatized views and beliefs of society. Ordinary people can potentially commit crimes and be as dangerous as well. It does not only lean on the mentally ill. Regardless of our personal challenges, we can either be victims or offenders. It carries various factors to be an offender, not only the factor of having a mental illness.

Violence In Mental Health Care Setting

Believe it or not, violence and abuse does not only happen outside, but as well as in the mental health care setting, a place we are supposed to feel safe and secure. 

In the past, asylums existed and were considered a scary place. Many people with mental illness suffered with abuse, neglect, torture, and even murder. The dark side of asylums is something we have yet to explore.

Asylum Scandals by Patricia Lubeck delves into the actual experiences of patients who were victims of violence, encountering abuse, neglect, torture, and murder. This book provides an insight into the daily routine of institutions during the period of 1867 to 1915.

Asylum Scandals by Patricia Lubeck delves deep into the dark and disturbing world of asylums. It exposes only a fraction of the unspeakable horrors that took place behind the imposing brick walls, leaving readers to wonder what other shocking secrets remain buried beneath the surface. 

In the present, it has not been as severe as in the past, and the people struggling with mental illness are finally getting the care they deserve, but the darkness still lurks within some of the mental health institutions, and we might not know of it.

Final Thoughts

Mental health stigma continues to corrupt people’s minds, but by bringing it up and talking about it, we can raise awareness and, perhaps, educate the people who know little. It is important to consider other people’s problems and practice empathy, creating a better world to live in.

Asylum Scandals by Patricia Lubeck provides a chilling narration of the atrocities committed within the walls of asylums, leaving an indelible mark on the reader’s psyche. We highly recommend grabbing a copy of the book by visiting the author’s website at https://www.plubeck.com/.