Case study of mental illness in South Korea and UK: Despite the link between mental and physical health, the importance of mental health is still being overlooked and, ufabet unfortunately, mental illness is still often seen as a taboo subject.
Case study in South Korea
South Korea has the highest suicide rate in the OECD, and a high incidence of depression. Depression is a disease, but it is treatable. Sadly, there is a lot of social stigma around mental illness in Korea – as in many other countries – which results in a lack of treatment, sometimes with disastrous consequences.
Out of the twenty-eight OECD countries, South Korea ranks twentyseventh when it comes to the consumption of antidepressants; Denmark ranks seventh. Does this mean that Danes are more depressed than the Koreans? No, it just means they are getting some sort of treatment.
Whether medication is the right sort of treatment is up for discussion, but it is a good thing to be a society in which treatment for mental illness is available ยูฟ่าเบท and affordable (subsidized by the government) and in which the stigma around mental illness has been reduced sufficiently that people feel able to seek treatment.
To fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, we need to listen more and learn more. We need to end the misunderstanding and the prejudice. We need to end whispering about mental illnesses behind closed doors. We need to say the scary words out loud, so they lose their power, and so no one has to struggle on in silence.
We should salute those who are working against the idea that mental illness is something that should be covered up. A couple of years ago, a number of Danish writers, models and movie directors participated in a series on national television about the mental illnesses they had been dealing with.
Case study in UK
More recently, Prince Harry has been open about the challenges he has faced. He said he had been’ very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions and is now encouraging more people to reach out to others in times of need and to normalize conversation about mental health. “The experience I have had is that, once you start talking about it, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club,’ he said to the Telegraph in April 2017.
It is because of actions like this that the UK and Denmark rank first and third when it comes to reducing stigma and increasing awareness, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Mental Integration Index. It is time for every society to become much more open about mental illness, just as it is about other illnesses.