How does the deep rooted stigma about mental health affect people?

Mental health is an integral part of the well-being of humans yet it is not given as much importance as physical health. The deep-rooted stigma about mental health prevents people from consulting a therapist. Mental health concerns are overshadowed by the pervasive stigma that surrounds mental illness. This deep-rooted stigma has far-reaching consequences, not only for individuals struggling with mental health challenges but also for society as a whole. Public misconceptions and stereotypes contribute to the notion that mental health challenges are a sign of weakness or incompetence, fostering judgment and discrimination. The institutions have also been prioritizing physical health more than mental health which is one of the major causes for the prejudices, stereotypes, and misconceptions people have about mental health.

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Impact of teenage pregnnancy on mothers

Current research indicates that adolescent mothers experience higher rates of depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. As compared to older mothers and their non-pregnant peers, rates of depression are estimated to be between 16% and 44% in adolescent mothers. In addition to its other effects, teen parenting will likely hinder a child’s social and emotional well-being. When a baby is born to a teenage mother, he is likely to have more difficulty acquiring cognitive and language skills as well as social and emotional skills like self-control and self-confidence.

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Mental Health Issues in Gen-Z

When asked about their current mental health or well-being only 15% of Gen Z claim it to be excellent. Members of Gen Z are much more likely to report experiencing negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and loneliness. Too many young people lack the support they need, due to fear of discussing concerns, not being taken seriously, and being misunderstood among other issues such as lack of permission to access care or affordable care. Still, 79% of Gen Z believe their age group is best at addressing mental health. Psychologist Arthur Evans says “This generation may be more tuned in to recognizing issues with their mental health than older generations”.

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