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By: Christine Walsh Social Problem Analysis Mental health issues are a social problem because it affects individuals in our society. Every individual in our society deserves respect, the opportunity for quality healthcare, and to have access to resources. There still exist stigma for people living with mental health issues. The consequences to mental health issues being misunderstood and feared by our society, is that many individuals with mental health issues have difficulty finding and keeping employment, this can lead to poverty, substance abuse, isolation, shame, violence and abuse. The truth is, our healthcare system is limited, overloaded and often inaccessible. These individuals who are suffering and need help don’t have the income to disburse for private healthcare. This often results in people self- medicating with drugs and alcohol, this only aggravates their living situation, and creates a vicious cycle of suffering for the addict and their families. We are all affected by this problem, our hospitals are overflowing, correctional facilities as well. So many individuals are collecting unemployment, with easy access to healthcare, proper rehabilitation and follow up, numerous people who are struggling with mental health issues could be positive contributors to our society. Lack of education for the general public on these matters is also has an impact on discrimination towards people with mental health issues. Social Workers can work with individuals and/or their families to help create positive changes in their lives by implementing follow up care, therapy or group therapy, leisure resources, housing, food bank access, employment or education resources, depending on each person’s unique needs and opinions. Change is very difficult, I am conscious that a small change can have a huge impact in a person’s life. Patience, caring and determination as a Social Worker are important, also working as a team with individuals and their families being open to their ideas, helping prioritize what issues are most urgent and be a liaison for resources and help. It would be a privilege for me to be accepted in the Bachelor of Social Work program, and a privilege to for me to be helpful to others as a Social Worker.