Many people walk in fear of losing their jobs, their friends, and even their families. They hide in their homes feeling ashamed. Not for breaking the law, not for doing anything wrong. It is something that is beyond their control and will. They will never ask for anything like this, nor conceive anything so bad that society views them as inhuman maniacs.
People living with mental illness view this everyday of their lives. What they are viewing is called stigma. It is the number one reason why many people suffer alone. They do not receive help, because they are of being shipped to a mental hospital to be operated or experimented on, be enslaved, or be drugged up so that they would not know who they are anymore. Unfortunately, mental hospitals earned that reputation back before the sixties.
All of that feeds the fear, the stigma, which prevents people from getting help the they need. Some of these people turn to alcohol, others to street drugs. Unfortunately, there are some people who take their own lives. This is why I call stigma, the silent killer.