Is there still a stigma attached to mental health in childcare

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Elfrieda - posted on 02/08/2012

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Well, while we wait for Nancy to give us more details....



May I rant? First of all, there is no stigma attached to mental health. Everyone loves mental health! If there is mental illness, that's when people get concerned. Being mentally healthy is the best way to be... obviously.



On a similar note, why do we have fundraisers for cancer? Why did that little girl ask me to buy some cookies to support leukemia? Support... cancer....??? We want to get rid of it, don't we? And I can't point this out because then people think I'm being bitchy.



Gah! Words are important. I know that people say "Well, everybody knows what I mean so you're just bullying me" but it's not true. The more you use vague terms that mean nothing, or worse, mean the opposite of what you are trying to say, the more difficult it is to think clearly!



I think I need to step away from the computer and take a mental health day...

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Sally - posted on 02/09/2012

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I will wait to reply until the poster makes her meaning clear. This question is to vague.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/08/2012

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Hope, first off the poster hasn't come back to explain what she means. So, we actually do not know what she wanted to start a debate about. Maybe she is questioning the terminology, probably not but, Jodi is right. A stigma is against Mental Illness not Mental Health. There is a big difference.



Mental health describes a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. From the perspective of 'positive psychology' or 'holism', mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Mental health can also be defined as an expression of emotions, and as signifying a successful adaptation to a range of demands.



A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological pattern, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development or a person's culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives.

Hope - posted on 02/08/2012

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Seriously, the poster of this debate wanted to start a debate about 'mental health' not 'terminology'.

I am re-posting my comments on the 'mental health' because that is what is important to me.

I am sorry but I believe there is a massive sigma attached to the term 'mental health' . As soon as someone hears the term 'mental health' they automatically thing bipolar, psychosis, depression, anxiety, mental health hospital. All the problems that can occur with our mental health. People are scared of these things. People who have these conditions are scared to share about them because there is a stigma and there will be treated differently.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/08/2012

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Not when they come to my door, it is "Would you like to support Cancer". However, yes I agree, they are usually children and perhaps they just didn't get all the info out... I see where Elfrieda is going with it though, although I do see your point too Hope... I give them money anyhow because I know what it "really" is for. I have never made a comment to correct their plea but there is an issue with using the incorrect terminology...

Hope - posted on 02/08/2012

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I am sorry but I believe there is a massive sigma attached to the term 'mental health' . As soon as someone hears the term 'mental health' they automatically thing bipolar, psychosis, depression, anxiety, mental health hospital. All the problems that can occur with our mental health. People are scared of these things. People who have these conditions are scared to share about them because there is a stigma and there will be treated differently.

Elfrieda you may find it funny to complain about the terms used incorrectly here but while you are laughing there are thousands of people living in isolation because they are afraid of how society will react to there mental health issues.

As for your support cancer comments, I do find it a little heartless that you bag I little girl for using the 'wrong' term while selling cookies. Every time I have heard a cry for money when it comes to 'cancer fundraisers' it is always stated "for cancer research', or 'help us find a cure'.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/08/2012

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I like your way of thinking Elfrieda! Your perception is very true... I haven't really thought of it this way but my goodness I will from now on. Thanks! I truly see your point there. ;)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/07/2012

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Becky that is terrible! I hope she looks for a different developmental pediatrician... My goodness, how sick, IMO.

Stifler's - posted on 02/06/2012

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As in.. people working in childcare having mental health issues? Or parents having mental health issues?

Becky - posted on 02/06/2012

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Don't know if this is what you're talking about, but a friend of mine posted on FB today that her autistic son's developmental pediatrician advised her to terminate her current pregnancy at 28 weeks because when a family has one child with autism, there is apparently a 40% chance that another child will have it as well. What a horrid, horrid thing for a developmental pediatrician to say!

Mrs. - posted on 02/06/2012

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If you are talking about moms with mental health issues and people's opinions on their ability to care for their children - I think there is most definitely a stigma attached to that.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/06/2012

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What type of mental health are you wondering about?

Firebird - posted on 02/06/2012

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Probably. You might want to go into more detail so other moms know exactly what you're talking about.

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