Diagnosis of mental illness should be the 1st step to healing, not the step to a stigma that separates the mentally ill from others. Parents may need to be treated also. Parents can be the greatest stigma promoters because of their hurt and fears. It is also understood that parents can be biased in the process of healing for their child because of the effect that the process of healing could have on their immediate wellbeing. It is a tricky and sensitive subject for many parents and family with members who have been identified as mentally ill.
Witnessing the concerns expressed in part of the Congressional hearing yesterday brought forward the need to stamp out the stigma of mental illness as the first step.
An example of what a stigma can do:
'Violent' can be construed as 'any aberrant anger' in communities and begin the process of decline for an individual who needs an avenues of expression that may include expressing his/her anger toward an unfair system or community.
Stating an illness, with the stigmas that exist toward mental illness in our system, could diminish the individual's wellbeing at the onset. This can escalate or further his/her psychosis rather than work toward a more orderly way of life together.
Communities need to work harder at enforcing laws that stop injustices in communities that may serve to ridicule or harass an individual in a way that diminishes their character or restricts them of their privileges and rights.