Based on a service user statement, critically analyse a social issue, highlighting theoretical perspectives, practice implications and personal reflection.
“I have felt like a freak- you know, the name-calling- from neighbours- folk who are just ignorant of mental illness. We are now trying to break down some of the stigma, because people don’t really understand- they are scared. Mental illness is so different to a physical illness, because a physical illness you can see, with your eyes- if you’ve a broken leg or arm. But with certain types of depression- you cannot see it; no one can see it. So it’s hard.”
Sally (quoted in Cree and Davis, 2007, p. 65)
Service users statement should flow all through the essay