Stigma

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  • Stigma around Mental Health
    • Social Stigma
      • Characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behaviour directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of their psychiatric label
      • Crisp et al, 2000 - 1700 adults surveyed; found 1) held belief that mental health sufferers were dangerous esp. schizo, alcoholism/drugs. 2) people believed  that some with disorders such as anorexia and substance abuse were self-inflicted 3) Sufferers are generally hard to talk too
      • - Opinions are held by broad range of people; reagrdless of whether they know someone with a mental health problem or have good knowledge of it (Moses 2010; Wallace 2010)
    • Self/Perceived Stigma
      • Internalising by the sufferer of their perceptions of discrimination and perceived stigma can significantly affect feelings of shame and lead to poorer treatment outcomes
    • Factors causing stigma - Early beliefs go back to 'demonic/spirit posession
      • Medical model says mental health problems are on a par with physical health - Implies MH sufferers are different from normal functioning people
      • Medical model implies a label is applied to individual following diagnosis - Label is associated with undesirable attributes (dangerous, proceed with caution)
  • Factors causing stigma - Early beliefs go back to 'demonic/spirit posession
    • Medical model says mental health problems are on a par with physical health - Implies MH sufferers are different from normal functioning people
    • Medical model implies a label is applied to individual following diagnosis - Label is associated with undesirable attributes (dangerous, proceed with caution)
  • 'Time to change' campaign - Programme includes blogs, videos, TV advertisements, and promo events to elp raise awarness of mental health stigma
    • Eliminating stigma
    • Provide more information > encourage mass social interaction

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