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For this reflection assignment, you have a choice of answering one of the two questions below. Clearly label which question you are answering on your submitted assignment. Label either the document title or a title within the document as either: “Q1 Mental Health and Stigma” or “Q2 Serious Mental Illness and Treatment”.
1. Watch this TED talk on Mental Health and Stigma.
Use Sange Delle’s perspective on Mental Health Stigma in Ghana as a guide for answering the following questions about your own culture and mental health stigma:
(a) What does stigma against mental illness look like from your cultural background or from a culture that you are familiar with or have close ties to? Also, how might culture affect (b) treatment seeking behavior for mental illness among those in need of treatment, and (c) availability of mental health services in the community?
2. Watch this TED talk about living with and treating a serious mental illness:
Use information from the TED talk, as well as information from your book, to reflect upon and discuss the history of institutions for those with mental disorders and treatment of mental illness in the U.S.
(a) How well have institutions done, past and/or present, in caring for and treating those with mental disorders? (b) Do you believe that we currently have adequate treatment options for those with serious mental illnesses? Explain what is available as well as what is lacking. (c) What aspects of treatment could and/or should be improved though more research and knowledge? Be sure to use correct in-text citations and references, where appropriate (see details below).