Working Opening 1:
Americans need to stop talking about mental health. The mental health advocates and practitioners that have educated to many the importance of mental illnesses are predominately White Americans. Looking at Ted talks and television, there are mainly Causians advocating mental health awareness. This is what shys away minority groups like Latinos. For the latin community, especially that are first generation immigrants, mental health illness is a “white man’s” problem or that it’s not real. Because of this stigma, children of first generation immigrants don’t get the medical attention needed to treat illnesses like depression or anxiety. There is a lacking number of psychologists and counselors that are part of minority groups like Latinos or African American that publicly speak out about what mental health is, the illnesses, and why it’s important. To rid of the cultural stigma that exists amongst Latino immigrants, there should be better representation of minority groups amongst mental health advocates.
Working Opening 2:
Mental health illness is such a mainstream subject that it’s actually harder to discuss. Mental health topics like depression, suicidal, and anxiety have now become common term, especially in the todays youth that those clinically diagnosed symptoms or illnesses have lost their meaning. They went from something taboo that was reserved and not publicly discussed to something that can be found as a Facebook meme. Perhaps it’s the attempts of Western media to incorporate mental illness representation in different television, movies, and social media posts. In turn, it’s not making people comfortable accepting their issues, but it’s making it more uncomfortable and there still remains a negative connotation to mental illnesses. Normalizing mental health and making it mainstream to the youth of today is more detrimental in the process riding the cultural stigma of mental health.