Suicide is a leading cause of death in U.S. One risk factor is stigma.
By Allison Abrams, LCSW-R , Jun 08, 2018
A leading cause of death in the United States, suicide has become a significant public health issue both here and worldwide. Mental illness is one of many risk factors in cases of suicide, the most common being depression. Unfortunately, only half of those living with depression and other mental illnesses actually receive treatment. The culprit most often is stigma. Whether individually, as in cases of internalized stigma, or on a societal level, evidenced by a health care policy that treats mental illness as inferior, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists stigma associated with mental illness and help-seeking as one of the primary risk factors for suicide.
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