Journal of Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Scholarship

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In her book The Sum of Us, McGhee discusses how laws and policies are a reflection of society’s dominant beliefs, and that in order to advance meaningful change we must shift these underlying beliefs. Society has long dismissed the importance of comprehensive mental health care. There are prevalent stigmas that see mental health concerns as a weakness, a moral failure, or something that only afflicts a small segment of the population. As McGhee describes, when society views a portion of the populace as inferior and undeserving, services are limited and denied. In regards to mental health care, this denial of services has led to inadequate care. The consequence is that all people struggle to find support, and we as a society suffer personally and collectively.