As we’re growing up, we don’t fully realize just how powerful movies, television, and commercials are on our perceptions of ourselves and life as we know it. When it comes to mental illness specifically, there are a number of outlets that make those with mental illness appear to be “crazy,” “out of control,” “lonely,” or even “dangerous.” It seems simple to use these labels on those with mental illness since it’s shown as a normal thing to do in what we watch. However, part of being a healthy consumer is assessing with a critical eye the messages we receive and how they may be impacting our view on things.

Some movies take it a bit too far, perpetuating this idea that certain mental illnesses are to blame for societal issues and that those people who are diagnosed should be cautioned against interacting with. In reality, those with mental illness need love and support, but because media can paint such a negative picture of mental illness, individuals tend to experience a number of harsh consequences such as:

  • Discrimination
  • Poor health
  • Poor social outcomes, such as trouble finding secure housing and employment

If those with mental illness need greater support, that means that our communities need to come together to provide greater education and understanding of what mental illness entails, how to recognize mental illness, and why those diagnosed should seek help. The more we’re educated on the ins and outs of how mental health or illness works, the greater the chances are that those we love will pursue recovery. Media tells us stories and it’s up to us to identify whether or not those stories are fact or fiction. The reality is that everyone has problems that they’re going through, and the only way out is to have people around us with open hearts and minds for support.

Don’t let the stigma around mental health stop you from seeking help. Recovery is possible, and there is an entire team of healthcare professionals who truly care about your health and wellbeing. We understand the link between mental health and addiction. Alta Loma is a world-renowned, Texas state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center exclusively for men. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at (866) 457-3843.