Mental Illness is highly misunderstood. For example, there are some police officers that will mistreat an individual that is diagnosed with mental illness because they are not aware of their disability.
Discussion Assignment
Mental Illness is highly misunderstood. For example, there are some police officers that will mistreat an individual that is diagnosed with mental illness because they are not aware of their disability. Others, claim to have acted on horrendous acts (e.g., massacres) due to mental illness.
What were your previous thoughts about mental illness? Have you met/encountered/heard of anyone with a mental health illness? Describe the event, how did you feel about their behavior, what happened to the individual? How is mental illness viewed in the media/society? What can we do, as a society, to change the stigma associated with mental illness and how can we become a better resource for individuals that have a psychological disorder?
Your Discussion should be at least 250 words in length, but not more than 750 words. Use APA citations and references for the textbook and any other sources used.

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Reading Assignment
Spielman, R., Dumper, K., Jenkins, W., Lacombe, A., Lovett, M. & Perlmutter, M. (2017). Psychology. OpenStax College, Rice University. Download for free at https://openstax.org/details/books/psychology.
Read the following:
Chapters 15 and 16

Video Resources
Insel, T. (2013, January). Toward a new understanding of mental illness [Video]. TEDxCalTech. https://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_insel_toward_a_new_understanding_of_mental_illness
This video uses well-known diseases to highlight how little progress has been made in early detection and treatment of mental illness. Brain scans are shown along with science to dispel the common assumption that the only way to detect mental illness is through behavior differences. And the brain differences occur before the behavior changes, so this is an area of potential future hope for being able to detect and treat mental illness.

Chibanda, D. (2017, November). Why I train grandmothers to treat depression [Video]. TEDWomen2017. https://www.ted.com/talks/dixon_chibanda_why_i_train_grandmothers_to_treat_depression
This video shares a solution that was actually put into practice in Zimbabwe for helping with depression by utilizing trained volunteer grandmothers.