Behavioral health, much like medical and dental services, is a necessary and vital part of any preventive healthcare program. However, in the news and on social media we still encounter negative stereotypes surrounding mental and behavioral health treatment.
Many of our behavioral health clients at ABCS RCM understand that these stereotypes still persist, and we support their effort to eradicate this stigma. These efforts are often made easier when celebrities and other famous people speak out about this persistence stigma. Recently, the Duchess, along with Prince William and Prince Harry, spoke out about how this behavioral health stigma prevents people with mental illness from seeking support and treatment.
The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) on Tuesday stated that “the challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help. Admitting that they are not coping.” She continued by stating that “fear, or reticence, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence ― allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.”
She is correct, too often shame silences those with a mental health condition. Making things worse is the fact that unchecked mental conditions can damage a person’s overall physical health. Misconceptions and biases surrounding behavioral health conditions often prevent people from seeking out and receiving professional treatment.
Globally, one in four adults experiences a mental health issue in a given year. That number increases when you factor in children and other live-altering events such as the death of a loved one, unemployment, bankruptcy, etc.
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