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Presented by; Michelle Evans, Theresa Jones, Holly Potter, Selina Rawicz, Josh Sklar, Bethan Smith and Rachael Turner.
“Mental illness is very common. About one in four people has this diagnosis, but there is a great deal of controversy about what it is, what causes it, and how people can be helped to recover. People with a mental illness can experience problems in the way that they think, feel or behave. This can significantly affect their relationships, their work, and their quality of life. Having a mental illness is difficult, not only for the person concerned, but also for their family and friends. Mental illnesses are some of the least understood conditions in society. Because of this, many people face prejudice and discrimination in their everyday lives. However, unlike the images often found in books, on television and in films, most people can lead productive and fulfilling lives with appropriate treatment and support. For some people, drugs and other medical treatments are helpful, but for others they are not. Medical treatment may only be a part of what helps recovery, and not necessarily the main part. It is important to remember that having a mental illness is not someone's fault, it is not a sign of weakness, and is not something to be ashamed of. Seeing someone’s problem solely as an illness that requires medical treatment is far too narrow a view. It discourages people from thinking about the many different influences on someone's life, on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, which can cause mental distress. It may also prevent people from exploring the various non-medical treatment options that are available. For these reasons, some people prefer to talk about mental or emotional distress, rather than mental illness – MIND Website
Looking at Service Users experience of medical and social intervention
By talking to Service Users in group and as individuals in one to one meetings
Highlighting group and individual perceptions of their care/treatment programmes
Relating their experience to medical and social models of caring for people with mental health problems
Media and Stigmatisation
Negative medical intervention and support)
Giving the wrong impression
Perception of Violence
MadWhat SWUF said…
…about the media:
To what extent is the media responsible for negative perceptions and the stigmatisation of mental illness?
Those with Mental Illness in the media are:
= Negative and unbalanced media coverage
“Poor, unbalanced press coverage of mental health issues fuels stigma and reduces quality of life for sufferers” (MIND)
What MH groups said…
MIND & SANE called for a more mature, sensitive & understanding approach to mental illness
The ‘Changing Minds’ campaign was launched to inform the media and public, and tackle stigma (changingminds.co.uk)
A London Underground poster
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“While the media isn’t wholly to medical intervention and support)blame for negative perceptions, every time a programme, article or film portrays a stereotype or fails to clear up a misunderstanding about a mental disorder, it helps to perpetuate the myths”
– Changing Minds Campaign
At least one service user felt they had been discriminated against at a local college when the tutor on a computer course thought they were just lazy and that their mental health illness was an excuse and this has put them off education
Whereas at least one other participant attended a very supportive college and was the source of much of their social life.
‘Tell them (potential employer) about your illness means no job or not tell then and risk being found out, than sacked for lying’
Reasons to employ people should not be based on their experiences as a sufferer of mental health problems alone but on individual ability and rights to employment.
Mental Health - implications for the 21st century