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Mental Health

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Stephanie Lin

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Stephanie Lin Year 10 Mental Health WHAT IS A MENTAL ILLNESS? There are 3 main
ways to change attitudes There are 3 factors which help us develop attitudes. - Society's expectations of our behaviour
and consideration of what is appropriate
- Pressure or influence from family and
friends
- Result of personal experience
- The way the media portrays an issue
(whether in a positive or negative
perspective) How attitudes develop - Classical Conditioning
- Operant Conditioning
- Observational Conditioning A MENTAL CONDITION THAT SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTS AN INDIVIDUAL'S THOUGHTS, FEELINGS AND/OR BEHAVIOUR. Examples of Mental Illness Bipolar
Depression
Anxiety
Autism
Claustrophobia
Dyslexia
Schizophrenia
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Bulimia Attitudes Attitudes serve as a way to organise our relationship with the world. They are very important as they affect the way we think and act about certain situations. So how are they formed? Emotional Behavioral Cognitive The feelings that the issue, object or person evokes in you How the attitude influences your behavior. Your opinions and beliefs about the subject. Attitudes can change as easily as they are developed Classical Conditioning Classical conditioning influences your attitude to develop a positive feeling towards a certain product, issue or person. Operant Conditioning Operant conditioning is when socially acceptable attitudes are strengthened while socially unacceptable attitudes are weakened and put down. EXAMPLE: Advertisers use classical conditioning to showcase their products in a way to link them with positive feelings EXAMPLE: The negative feedback received by a women who plays music out loud in public causes her to stop. Therefore, her attitudes towards playing loud music are negative. Observational Conditioning Observational conditioning is developing attitudes from observing other people and their behaviours. EXAMPLE: Most teenagers observe celebrities they admire, therefore adapting the same attitudes. EXPOSURE TO
SUFFERERs OF A MENTAL ILLNESS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE GOOD EDUCATION Those who have experienced some form of mental illness have a high level of understanding and tend to express more empathy to those suffering. POSITIVE MEDIA REPRESENTATION Presenting mental illness in a positive light would make a huge difference as the media is a main influence in everyone's life. If the media is constantly informing its audience of mental illness, it would raise awareness and increase the knowledge of the community. Tolerance and sympathy is gained if the community is exposed to patients with a mental illness. This would also extend their knowledge and reflect on the community's overall view on mental illnesses. Schools are influential places that have a huge impact on one's attitudes and understanding of mental illnesses. Informing students of mental illnesses would give them a better understanding and extend their knowledge. Reasons why an
understanding
exists Community Attitude Survey According to the results of my survey, there is a reasonable understanding of mental illness among females however not so much with males. 1) People should generally sort out their own mental health problems.
2) Once you have a mental illness you have it for life.
3) Females are more likely to have a mental illness than males.
4) Medication is the best treatment for a mental illness.
5) People with a mental illness are generally violent and dangerous.
6) Adults are more likely than teenagers to have a mental illness.
7) You can tell just by looking at someone whether they have a mental illness.
8) People with a mental illness are generally shy and quiet.
9) Mental Illness can happen to anyone.
10) You would be willing to have a person with a mental illness at your school or employed at your place of work.
11) You would be willing to have a person with a mental illness marry into your family.
12) You would be willing to have a person with a mental illness become a close friend.
13) It would be safer for the community for people with a mental illness to be kept in hospital.
14) It's okay for people with a mental illness to have children.
15) People see mental illness in the same way they see physical illness. 1 = Agree
2 = Disagree
3 = Unsure WAYS TO HELP EDUCATION RAISE AWARENESS:
PROGRAMS TO ENCOURAGE TREATMENT OF SUFFERERS Young people should be educated and have a reasonable amount of knowledge about mental illnesses. Being well informed encourages the community to help and support each other. Having a good knowledge prepares us for situations involving mental illnesses. Programs and organisations that promote positive attitudes towards mental illnesses will influence the community's attitude on mental illness and raise awareness. Sufferers of mental illnesses are often stereotyped as violent and dangerous. If programs were started to reduce negative stigmas, it would influence the community to have a more positive perspective on mental illnesses. Sufferers of mental illnesses should be treated the same as someone without a mental illness. Treating them differently would make them feel alienated and isolated. Rather than avoiding sufferers of mental illnesses, we should support them. Facts and
Statistics IN WILL
EXPERIENCE A MENTAL ISSUE SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE TREATED OF A MENTAL ILLNESS THAN MEN 80 - 85% OF HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE UP TO % OF PEOPLE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY A MENTAL ILLNESS DIE FROM SUICIDE EDUCATION ON MENTAL ILLNESS IS VERY IMPORTANT. THERE ARE MANY SUFFERERS OF MENTAL ILLNESSES IN THE WORLD AND IT IS OUR JOB TO SUPPORT THEM. THANK YOU QUESTION: FEMALES ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS THAN MEN.
1 = AGREE, 2 = DISAGREE, 3 = UNSURE QUESTION: PEOPLE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS ARE GENERALLY VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS.
1 = AGREE, 2 = DISAGREE, 3 = UNSURE QUESTION: YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO HAVE SOMEONE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS MARRY INTO YOUR FAMILY.
1 = AGREE, 2 = DISAGREE, 3 = UNSURE [AGE] [AGE] [AGE]
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