Mental illness must be made a priority in this country and through out the world.
After working 35 years in service to people with disabilities of whom many have mental illness issues, I see any attempt to take away the stigma of having mental health issues as a step forward. Getting a good diagnoisis is critical for development of a care plan that addresses each persons individual mental health needs.
Also so that a well seasoned practiciner or a psychiatrist can presribe the right medication to fit the diagnosis. Many general practiciners are well versed in this area of expertise but some are not. With the addtion of new medications, it may be best to ask your general doctor for a referral to get a psych eval from someone who does it every day, either a psychitrist or nurse practiciner.
Many of people with severe mental illness get themselves into the corrections system, when they act out in society, where if they had been evaluated and given a care plan for counseling and medications might have avoided being sent to jail.
People with intellectual disabilities can also be at risk for having mental health issues and if acted on can make a world of difference, in that with proper quidence can live productive and happy lives.
The stigma of mental illness can prevent people suffering to gain the help they need. So a good referral from their social worker, doctors or other people in their lives can go a long way in getting them the help they need.