World Mental Health Day

@ronaldinu (12445)
Malta
October 8, 2008 2:28pm CST
The World Mental Health Day will be celebrated on Friday 10 October 2008. Is mental illness still considered a taboo in your country? Do you think that mentally disabled people are accepted more in today's society?
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15 responses
9 Oct 08
In China Mental illness is still not widely accepted, and most people are prejudiced against those who suffer it. But people living in big cities are much more open to it, as more or less they feel the pain in the same way. Be active and always look on the bright side. Go travelling and keep pets are both good ways to keep away from it.
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
In Australia, mental disorders are definitely more accepted these days. People are more willing to admit they have a problem (and let's face it, how many of us have a certificate to say we're completely normal?) and there are lots of places offering help. Depression is also a very sad disorder, and it's a shame it's so hard to tell how badly people are suffering - often we only know when it's too late.
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Hi ronaldinu! I didn't know that there even was such a thing as World Mental Health Day! That's just great! Friday, October 10th is also my birthday! And guess what I have a mental illness too! I can celebrate both at the same time. If you don't mind me being a bit cynical what is there to celebrate about mental health! I have clinical depression and I really don't find that anything to celebrate. So I can't understand what this day is for. I guess it is for mental health awareness. Do I think that mentally disabled people are accepted more in today's society~not really! It may be a bit more understood these days, but acceptance is still a bit far off as far as I'm concerned. But then again I am too close to the situation.
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• United States
9 Oct 08
i think certain ones are taboo a little.. people are getting better with bipolar but its still hard.. schizophrenia still has a huge stigma.. normal depression has pretty much been accepted it seems in the states
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
I think in Canada we are pretty accepting of mental illnesses and I think we are working towards acceptance. Fifty years ago these people would be locked up in an institution and these days they are out in society with home support. Mental illness is a very horrible thing and so often invisible to the public eye but these people suffer in silence. There is such a stigma attached I think a lot of people don't get the help they need. Not only that but sometimes society doesn't have the tools to deal with the issues. I guess all we can do is be supportive and respect these individuals for who they are.
• United States
8 Oct 08
you are so right... that is such a great answer! :)
@dragon54u (31609)
• United States
11 Oct 08
We have an uphill battle here in the States. A person can no longer be forced to get treatment, even if he is standing on the street obviously physically ill and refuses to seek shelter. It's his choice. The fact that he doesn't have the presence of mind to make that choice doesn't phase the people who protest that he has the right to make his own decisions. Nobody can force him to take medicine so he can have a decent life with a clear mind. So I guess they're accepted here but only because nobody cares about the actual person, just the civil rights that would be violated if he were to be taken into custody and treated against his will. The fact that he would get better doesn't matter, only that we'd be violating his right to be insane, starving, and ill.
• Malaysia
10 Oct 08
Mental ill still can be considered a taboo at my country. People will look and think in a negative way for mental illness. They usually will call this people as crazy or wackoo. They think the people that have mental illness are dangerous and won't try to understand them.
@vmksvmks (413)
• Canada
9 Oct 08
I donot know quite this mean I am not mentally alert etc and i donot know whether i am accept in todays society or not If to be accepted means to accept,want to help and have as much love for this individual as any one else But without prejudice I would say yes indeed they are accepted but do have sympathy,hope and willingness to help In World War II you have a definite NO by Hitler and his Nazi regimes and let me say we are not even close to those feelings in north America
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
9 Oct 08
In the US it's it's not taboo like it used to be, but, there are so many people out there who have their own whacked out ideas and prejudices and discrimination concerning people with mental illness. It is still so misunderstood which is so sad. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
• India
9 Oct 08
There is a day for everything, isn't there? Well mentally disabled people do receive a lot of help these days. Plenty of organizations devoted to their care. It is the mentally sick people who are having a tough time. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
9 Oct 08
Hi ronaldinu, Yes it is accepted in our country and we have lots places to look after them and help them and some are on medication to help carry on with their lives. Tamara
@littleowl (7157)
9 Oct 08
Hi ronald...a lot of people frown upon mentally disabled people here in the UK but it is also accepted as an illness so it's not terribly looked as taboo just that people need help...some more than others..it is also good that we now have many types of soctors and counsellors who help with this problem too...your friend littleowl
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Oct 08
Hi ronald, Mental illness is being accepted more in my country than ever before, however we still have a long way to go. With some people it is still taboo and that is just not acceptable. People have to realize that it is just what it says - an illness. Blessings.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
8 Oct 08
i guess they are they should be. none of us are perfect.
@Humbug25 (12551)
8 Oct 08
Hello ronaldinu In Britain I think it is totally accepted as there seems to be growing number of people with mental illnesses these days and I think it has almost become quite normal for someone to suffer with it be it a mild case or not.