People with mental illness are human beings and like any other human beings “not until [they] are lost do [they] begin to understand [themselves]” (Thoreau, Henry David). While, having a mental illness can be problematic at times for those who have it and their loved ones, it is not a reason for mentally ill people to be discriminated against. People with a mental illness should not be discriminated against because discrimination negatively impacts their social abilities, their work, and how they view life.
Those with mental illness should not be discriminated against because it can cause the person to not have good social abilities. Lacking social interactions could lead to social anxiety which may be hereditary, a study showed. In other words, social anxiousness can be something you learned or genetic. In addition, without strong social connections, people with mental illnesses are more at risk of suicide; have higher levels of discerned stress, and are not as optimistic as “regular” people. Overall, having weak social abilities or interactions especially in those with mental illness can lead to serious life-threatening ramifications.
Additionally, people with mental illness should not be discriminated against because it has an impact on their work. Those with mental health issues may not feel comfortable disclosing this information in their workplace because they may not want to jeopardize their job. Not disclosing, this information in the workplace, especially in a stress-driven environment could do more damage to the individual than good by decreasing efficiency at work. On the other hand, if the mentally ill person seeks treatment it may increase their work accomplishments.
Furthermore, discrimination can have an overall effect how the person views life. Many people with mental illness, have a hard time looking at life positively because they may have experienced something traumatic such as physical/sexual/emotional abuse or physical/emotional neglect and some kind of household abnormality. To put it another way, sometimes lack of happiness or supports may lead to isolation which leads the person to view life as a lonely place and swirl them into a depression. Eventually, a person can get out of the depression as long as they are willing to face reality and accept how life works.
However, there are many ways that they face discrimination. One such way is by excluding the person with mental health disability from certain things such as employment or withholding benefits that are given to everyone. In addition, having a biased environment is also a form of discrimination. A biased environment is created when undesirable management or practiced remarks are made in a workplace. It will likely lead to an unhealthy work environment that includes malicious or brutal comments against the mentally ill person. Yet, people with mental health issues are punished or threatened when they stand up for their rights, which is known as payback. Nevertheless, people with mental health issues are considered high-risk, erratic, and accountable for their ailment. Although that may not be true, people still take actions against the mentally ill person by claiming that it is for the public welfare and safekeeping.
In conclusion, people with mental illnesses should not be prejudiced against because the “[person’s] value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see [their] worth (Unknown). At the end of the day, people make their own decisions. Sometimes those decisions are to discriminate against people with mental health problems but it doesn’t mean that the person with mental illness is a bad person or should not value themselves. The best people in the world, are the ones that face their problems and issues head on and being unafraid of what is at the end of the healing process. Mentally ill people might not always be cured completely but at least they are imperfect like the world is. In other words, Dr. Seuss once said, “[Being] who [one is] and saying what [one] feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”