Maharashtra State BoardHSC Arts 12th Board Exam
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Answer the following in 80 - 100 words.List the common reasons why most people usually do not seek help during mental illness. - Psychology

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Answer the following in 80 - 100 words.
List the common reasons why most people usually do not seek help during mental illness.

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MHFA is an internationally recognized training programme whose objective is to teach people how to identify the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and to provide assistance on a first aid basis.
(a) Stigma associated with mental health:
Lack of understanding about mental illness makes us fear it. This lack of awareness leads us to blame the person for behaving inappropriately or showing personal failing.
(b) Shame Often, a person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness is ridiculed or blamed. He/she experiences shame, withdraws from social interaction and does not reach out to others or seek help. Hence, it is beneficial to show understanding and provide support.
(c) People do not always know how to respond:
Most people may not respond in an adequate way to a mentally ill person who reaches out to them. Sometimes, their advice/help may do more harm than good. However, MHFA programme can help friends/family to identify early signs of mental illness and help the person to get professional help.
(d) People may not always seek professional help:
The main reasons for this is -
(i) Culture - stigma attached to mental illness prevents people from seeking professional help as it may hurt the reputation of the family.
(ii) Advice from elders - A mentally ill person may incorrectly believe that advice of elders alone is sufficient to cure his illness.
(iii) Superstitions - If the person is convinced that his//her mental illness is caused due to sins/curses etc., they will not want to visit a mental health professional. Hence, they will be deprived of the benefits of early intervention.

Concept: First Aid in Mental Health
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Balbharati Psychology 12th Standard HSC Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 7 First Aid in Mental Health
Exercise | Q Q.3.(1) | Page 94
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