Stigma and discrimination
also have an impact on people with mental health issues and their support.

Although they are many
options and help available for people facing mental issues many people often don’t
seek for help due to the discrimination and stigma attached to mental illness,
instead get worse and suffer in silence. This is evident in the findings such
as that of   2011,which showed that  a low percentage of only 59.6% of individuals
with a mental illness reported receiving treatment.

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Stigma has a big influence
on the patient and the care they receive because the stigma associated with
those with mental illness can be used against them. The stigma associated with
those with mental illness can be used to exclude and marginalise those
suffering from it. This type of treatment can have an effect on the mental
health of the individual by making it harder for them to live with their mental
issues and to seek help in the future. Stigma can also have an impact on the treatment
and the way health care practitioners support individuals seeking help , for
example if a health practitioner has a stigma that patients suffering from certain
mental illness are more aggressive it may have an effect on the type of
treatment given to the patient. Stigma often also has an impact on those suffering
from mental illness as it can often prevent them from getting certain jobs
which they may be  qualified to do , it
can further prevent people with mental health problems from playing an active
role in their community, which is the reason most people choose to not seek for
help and instead try to deal with their mental issues through other means such
as over drinking instead of  being
labelled as mentally ill.

People in society often have
a stigma of people with mental health illness as being dangerous, aggressive, unpredictable,
responsible for their illness, or incompetent to be a member of society and
take part in certain things.This can lead to active discrimination, such as
excluding people with these conditions from employment and social or
educational opportunities which they may actually be able to do. In medical
settings, negative stereotypes can also have an effect on the treatment given
to patients.

The displays of
discrimination as outlined above can become internalized, which means that the
person  with the  mental illness may begin to believe the
negative stereotypes and opinions of others  and then start to believe that they will never
be able to fully recover, that they are undeserving of care, dangerous, or
responsible for their illnesses. This can make them have very low self-esteem
and make their mental illness worse .