This public spaces and challenges mental health

This editorial explores the implications of
social media practices whereby people with mental health problems share their
experiences in online public spaces and challenges mental health stigma. Social
media enable individuals to bring personal occurrence into the public domain
with the possible to affect public attitudes and mainstream in media. Social
media can be describing as internet-based applications that allow the forming
and switch of user-generated content. The implications of the often is very negative
and faulty studies of mental health issues are significant. Inevitably the
negative beliefs and ideas that the public, the press, employers, counsellor
and health workers have around this condition impacts on the lives of those
people suffering from it. (Living with schizophrenia, 2018) Such perceptions
may cause a detrimental impact on the mentally challenged and cause them to
internalize a stigmatizing stereotype and may hinder the public’s understanding
of mental illness. Inaccurate information in the media about mental illness,
even if the portrayal of an individual is positive, results in
misunderstandings that can have considerable and very real consequences. For
example, inaccurate depictions of schizophrenia (which is often confused in the
media with multiple personality disorder) can lead to false beliefs, confusion,
conflict, and a delay in receiving treatments. In media reports and in public
opinions schizophrenia probably has even more negative associations that any
other public health issue in the UK today. However, stigma is surreal and will
have adverse effects on people’s psychological health, increasing feelings of
isolation and leading to poor self-esteem and feelings. As the media can play
an important role in reaching out too many people, it is important to work with
and educate them to ensure the portrayal of mental illness is factual,
impartial and reliable.