UPI has published an article on a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey. The results of this survey may be truly disturbing, but given the proliferation of misinformation on the subject these days, these results should not be all that surprising. The title of the article says it all, Survey: People uncaring to mentally ill.
Twenty-two percent of U.S. adults say people show caring and sympathy to those with mental illness, a government survey indicates.
If 22% adults say people show caring and sympathy to those with “mental illness”, then 78% say people must not show caring and sympathy to people identified as having a “mentally illness”.
One word, coupled with another, makes all the difference in the world. Couple it with another word instead, like health, and the problem has been eradicated.
Ironically enough, I don’t consider this the distressing part of this survey, that’s coming up.
The national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the estimated 9.8 million U.S. adults living with serious mental illness, found the prevalence of serious mental illness is highest in the 18-25 age group.
You would think that, what with baby boomers getting up there, maybe the prevalence of break downs would diminish, but apparently not so. I suspect that these results reflect some of the success powerful drug corporations have had in selling their products, and the diseases that go along with them.
The news gets worse.
The HealthStyles Survey, by SAMHSA and Porter Novelli, indicates 72 percent of young adults ages 18-24 say a person with mental illness would improve if given treatment and support. However, only 33 percent say a person can eventually recover from mental illness.
Improvement is not recovery, despite the hoopla, and the baloney. 66% of young adults, according to the above, must think making a full recovery for a person labeled ‘mentally ill’ is not within the realm of possibility.
Hmmm, I wonder how many of these young people intend to become taxpayers?
The article goes on to say that 35% of people surveyed thought people labeled “mentally ill” might be able to succeed in the workplace while 65% say treatment can help people labeled “mentally ill”.
I’d say this survey represents just one more reason for not identifying oneself as “mentally ill” and, given the prevalence of labeled peoples in the 18-25 age range, this survey shows that our mad movement must have a bright future laying ahead of itself indeed.
All I can say is, “Mad Power, my mad brothers and sisters. We are going to win.”
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