A Community that CaresELIMINATING MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMATIZATION
Stigmatization is giving someone a negative identity because that person belongs to a group, for example, epilepsy; Nigerian epileptic patients face stigmatization on a daily basis. Because of this, they are unable to function in the society.
Because of Nigerians' negative belief, they do not take the mentally ill to receive proper medical attention; therefore, their condition worsens progressively. Epilepsy can of course be controlled with the right treatment. Stigmatization can be eliminated by teaching neuroscience in secondary schools.
Teaching neuroscience in schools and even organizing seminars is a way out of this dilemma. Also neuroscience will help increase mental health awareness in the society.
Often times, people ignore their mental health, and just concentrate on taking care of their physical health. One's mental health is just as important as his or her physical health. Mental health should not be ignored; there is a way out, get educated.