Does Utah culture have a stigma toward mental illness?

December 8, 2019

I still don’t understand why mental
illness has the degree of stigma associated to it that it does. we sense
the complexity of such matters when we hear professionals speak of neuroses and
psychoses, of genetic predispositions and chromosome defects, of bipolarity and
paranoia and schizophrenia. However bewildering this all may be,
these afflictions are some of the realities of mortal life. Mental illness is something that is still over the edge for most people. In Utah we have a predominant culture and religion and that culture and religion does a
fantastic job of someone who’s struggling, we embrace the opportunity to
help provide support and there’s a line of people there with casseroles. But if somebody is diagnosed a the mental illness, there’s an awkwardness, there’s
an uncertainty of how do we how do we interact with that and as a result nothing happens. As we experienced firsthand someone that
was very close to us being diagnosed with schizophrenia, that was a moment
that we really tried to really understand what do we do next how do we
become a part of helping as opposed to just responding to a bad situation. We have this tendency to feel like how did I negatively influence, how did I frankly
screw up someone I love dearly. It’s not about me. It’s about the person we love and once you get the me out of the equation then you can start really
focusing on getting that person you love the help and the treatment that they need. maybe these afflictions are some of the
realities of mortal life and there should be no more shame in acknowledging
them than acknowledging a battle with high blood pressure or the sudden
appearance of a malignant tumor.

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