Ben Brafman Discusses the Importance of Breaking the Stigma of Mental IllnessStigma still surrounds mental illness, despite the prevalence of mental health disorders – 1 in 4 adults suffer from some form of mental health issue each year and 1 in 17 people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Yet fear of stigma is the main reason people don’t seek treatment.
Ben Brafman, CEO and founder of the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, has been trying to improve mental health outcomes and fighting stigma for 22 years. He says that after working his way up from mental health tech to clinical director, he “saw what was lacking for patients and the way patients were being treated.” He acknowledges that “there are several difficulties finding a good treatment center” and suggests some local services. Often, a simple conversation can go a long way to reduce the stigma of mental health. Conversations break down barriers and allow people to share burdens, acknowledging that they are not alone.Read the entire article here.