What is the number one reason why people may not seek mental health care?

A: Perceived stigma

The main reason people may not seek mental health care is a perceived stigma associated with doing so. Historically, there has been an abundance of misunderstanding regarding mental illness.

People have believed for centuries that mental health disorders are untreatable or that people with mental health disorders are unintelligent, difficult, or incapable of making decisions. Because of the perceived stigma associated with mental illness, many people are afraid to seek health care, fearing abuse, isolation or rejection.

People fear being labeled as different or as being perceived as weak. It is critically important to seek help for mental health disorders, despite the perceived stigma. There is abundant help available. Recovery is real and possible.