30 Apr '14, 8pm

One in six Singaporeans suffer from mental illness, so let's end the stigma: Commentary

With one in six people in Singapore suffering from some form of mental illness, it is quite likely that patients include our friends, colleagues or family members. Yet, mental illness is still stigmatised by prejudice, ignorance and fear. There are still some within our society who view symptoms of psychopathology as threatening and inappropriate, and these attitudes foster stigma and discrimination towards people with mental illness. Numerous international studies have suggested that stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental health problems are widespread and commonly held. As recognised by the World Health Organization, the image of mental illness is incorrectly associated with images of violence and laziness rather than with suffering, marginalisation and denial of basic rights.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/lets-end-stigma-ment...

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