"...Social stigma towards mental illness exists in every society, including Canada and the United States of America. Yet the extent of such stigma varies according to the cultural and sociological backgrounds of each society. The purpose of this article is an attempt to examine the specific factors which lead to the social stigma towards mental illness in the Chinese community at large.
Culturally, most Chinese tend to hide their feelings in comparison to their western counterparts. Indeed, there is a famous Chinese saying which said that "family shame should be kept inside the house."(http://www.pendulum.org/articles/articles_misc_chinesestyle.html)
The eyes of the mentally ill are lost but not vacant, as they stare past visitors who enter Eugene Richards' exhibit at the Gage Gallery of Roosevelt University, titled A Procession of Them: The Plight of the Mentally Disabled. Through his volunteer work with the human rights organization Mental Disability Rights International, Richards experienced and photographed the nightmare of concentration camp like conditions, serving to hold the mentally ill in countries including Mexico, Argentina, Hungary, Paraguay, and Kosovo.
"There's an old woman who's been here about forty years, left over from the past," describes a grandmotherly woman who should be in a warm bed, surrounded by loving friends and relatives at the end of her life. Instead she stands alone in Richards' photo, completely forgotten by the outside world. Quotes from prisoners and others involved in the travesty of these institutions scatter the walls, and offer further emotional context to the incomprehensible reality confronted by this series of photographs..."(http://gapersblock.com/ac/art/)
THE WORLD OWES A LOT, TO A LOT OF MENTALY ILL FAMOUS PEOPLE, AT THIS WEBSITE YOU CAN SEE PLENTY OF THEM:
%uFFFD..No, this article has nothing to do with fundamentalism or doomsday prophecies. I do, however, think "the Beast" is an apt description of mental illness and we, ourselves, are beasts of burden who must bear the weight of the suffering and stigma it causes. Whether there is a mark upon us literally as with the young author of Label Maker, who must wear a Medic-Alert bracelet with the words MANIC DEPRESSIVE engraved on it, or simply scars upon our psyches, we live with the stigma of it everyday. People with mental illness are called "nuts", "crazy", "cuckoo", "not playing with a full deck", the list goes on and on.
There is a stereotype of those with mental illness as behaving in bizarre ways, being unkempt and dirty, and being dangerous to be around. Those with depression are often further labeled as "lazy" or "malingering".
A post I found on a depression message board illustrates the pain that these stereotypes can cause. The incident this woman wrote about occurred 30 years ago but could just as easily have happened today.
%uFFFD... loneliness, isolation and social exclusion ... Stigma worsens a person's illness and can lead to a reluctance to seek and/or accept necessary help. ... For mental health professionals, stigma means that they themselves are seen as ...
www.health.wa.gov.au/.../Mental_Illness/Mentalhealth_stigma_fact.pdf (Google search)
%uFFFD..ER Docs Report Large Increase In Psychiatric Patients ...
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