When someone is physically ill with symptoms one goes to one’s physician. When someone is sick or ill, others do not consider it a handicap. If one has diabetes, they do not discriminate or spread gossip in a negative way. Yet, the moment someone has a mental health issue, various nicknames or prejudices emerge that the person is weak or even worst crazy. Society has laid a stigma upon the idea of mental health as not a legitimate health issue and makes individuals ashamed of their condition or and feel foolish to seek help.
One can see it in social norms that demand men should never cry, or one should get tougher when it gets life gets rough. No wonder there is a mental illness crisis in the United States with numerous mentally ill not receiving care and some even resorting to suicide or mass shootings. While those who engage in anti social behavior are of the most smallest percentage of those facing mental issues, there are millions who suffer from unresolved trauma, depression, bi-polar, anxiety, ADHD, OCD and a host of other conditions. If individuals would treat their mental health as their physical health, many would lead far more happier and productive lives.
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification as well as AIHCP’s other multiple mental health certifications in Anger Management, Stress Management, Crisis Intervention and Substance Abuse Practitioner. The programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in any of the above programs.
Please review the video below