General description of notable, shared characteristics of the minority group.
At least 2 significant values prioritized by the minority group.
At least 2 cultural practices or ritual observances.
Description of family composition and dynamics/roles of family members.
Explore at least 2 “intersections” with other identity dimensions (e.g. gender, disability, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexuality, etc.). Include a brief discussion of how your own intersectional identity is the same or different.
Explore the group’s empowerment/disempowerment. Discuss at least 2 examples of discrimination or marginalization members face in broader society. Identify 2 examples of groups working to educate about or address discrimination or marginalization for this group.
Personal reflection on what you have learned about this population, in relation to your own social standpoint. Include a self-examination of your own privilege. What might being an ally to this group look like in your life?
People with Mental Illness
Mental illness is a broad term encompassing numerous disorders affecting or hindering the optimum functioning of the nervous system. The symptoms and the characteristics of this disease may vary. It all depends on the type of the disorder and very many other factors. These symptoms are feeling so low and very sad, a sadness that goes on for a long time, a poor ability to concentrate and often misguided thinking, having a lot of delusions and being detached from reality, trouble understanding and connecting with the real-life situations of people often known as being in a world of their own. Mentally ill people prioritize many things (Lee 2021).
Two important things that this group prioritizes are a positive emotional situation. This helps them seek the right direction in their day-to-day interactions and helps them build on the excellent life aspect. The other thing is avoidance of stigmatization. These people need to feel that they are still a part of the community and don’t feel secluded.
Cultural activities may decide how much support an individual gets from their own family and community on mental health matters. Cultural stigmatization may have an impact on mental health. For some communities, mental health is seen as a weakness or even something hidden. This could make it harder for people to open and seek help (OGUNDARE 2020).
Family is the first supportive unit available to many people. For many individuals, a health mental state and family all go together. Family helps with the most intimate support that will help get through hard times that might negatively affect well-being.
To empower this group of people, you should focus on their abilities and strengths, not judging them and respecting them, and finally create a good relationship where they can speak up about their feelings and wants. What can disempower these people is criticizing them and not supporting them through their recovery journey from the Illness (Tyreman 2021). Discriminating these people can be when you treat them like they are not equal to others. Another example is when a doctor does not give the mentally ill person medication, saying that it is not a disease. Examples of organizations against the discrimination of these people are Mental health Victoria and the mental health coalition of South Australia (Pisaniak 2021).
I have learned a lot of new things about this group of individuals. They are people with normal abilities like anyone else, and they only need a platform where they can share their feelings and what they are suffering from. Having an ally in this group of individuals can be a good life experience as you get to know them better to help them.
Lee, C., Piernas, C., Stewart, C., Michalopoulou, M., Hajzadeh, A., Edwards, R., … & Waite, F. (2021). Identifying effective characteristics of behavioral weight management interventions for people with serious mental illness: A systematic review with a qualitative comparative analysis. Obesity Reviews, e13355.
OGUNDARE, T. (2020). Culture and mental health: Towards cultural competence in mental health delivery. Journal of Health and Social Sciences, 5(1), 023-034.
Pisaniak, P., Żołądź, J., Tarczoń, A., & Ozga, D. (2021). STIGMATIZATION OF MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE BY PARAMEDICS–PILOT STUDY. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE, 8(1), 5-11.
Tyerman, J., Patovirta, A. L., & Celestini, A. (2021). How stigma and discrimination influence nursing care of persons diagnosed with mental illness: a systematic review. Issues in mental health nursing, 42(2), 153-163.