Oct
22
Stigma prevents some from seeking help

Excerpt from “Suffering in silence: Stigma over mental health issues keeps some from seeking help”
via http://www.redding.com/

Funding of Mental Health Services

Despite the number of people affected by a mental disorder, the heavy emotional and financial burdens these disorders exact on affected individuals, their families and society, funding is inadequate to meet current needs.

“If you compare funding for heart disease or lung disease, even leukemia, with funding for mental health disorders, the number of people who are affected by that funding is grossly disproportionate,” said Eduardo Vega, executive director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. “Given the impact mental health has on productivity and on the workforce we would expect there would be much higher levels of support and attention to it.”

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