Johannes Parkkonen Senior Campaign Development Officer 29 May 2008. Why to tackle stigma and discrimination Who is ‘see me’ Early years of the campaign Where are we now Personality disorders and stigma What can we all do to challenge stigma and discrimination. Outline.
Senior Campaign Development Officer
29 May 2008
Who is ‘see me’
Early years of the campaign
Where are we now
Personality disorders and stigma
What can we all do to challenge stigma and discrimination
David Dempster, EasterhouseWhen I was off work with a broken leg I got loads of support from the fire brigade. Crew were always dropping by, so much so there was almost always a fire engine outside the house! When I went off sick with depression there was nothing. Not one card, call or visit. I had to prove I was ill by undergoing two additional medicals. Then, when I was well again, the fire service didn’t want me back... in any capacity. Twenty years of service and expertise written off! ...It’s time for every one of us to help create a climate in which we can all talk openly about mental health problems, get help when we need it and get rid of the negative attitudes which belong in the past.
“I would love to go out more places such as the local pub and library but I am too frightened to in case I am dangerous. I have never been dangerous but you read about schizophrenics being dangerous all the time in the paper, so I thought that because I have schizophrenia that I would be dangerous if I went out”
Formed in 2002 by an alliance of five mental health organisations
Run by a management group of alliance members
Fully funded by the Scottish Government since 2002
Key aim is to eliminate the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health
Target audience is the Scottish general public
Integrated communications agency
Eight staff – based in Edinburgh
High profile national identity and a flexible resource for local action
Taking time to get it right
Involvement of those with mental health problems and carers
Starting from where the public IS – rather than where we think they are
Using the ‘first person voice’ as the focus of our campaign
Not admonishing the public – showing negative impact of stigma and ways forward for positive support
Initial focus on the general public organisations
Followed by particular emphasis on Employers and Workplace & Children and Young People
Public Attitudes Survey 2002 - 2006 Children and Young People
Source: A fairer future 2007
Source: PAS 2006
Situation where stigma experienced from your doctor or any other health professionals?
Source: A fairer future 2007
The Challenge from your doctor or any other health professionals?
‘see me’s model of societal change from your doctor or any other health professionals?
Speed of success dependent on audience and from your doctor or any other health professionals?
complexity of mental health issues
‘see me’s model of societal change
People with PD may also experience other MHP; more likely to experience stigma
Social isolation/rejection due to alterations in behaviour/offensive traits that accompany some PDs
Experience in health service hampered by poor diagnostic criteria; resulting in prejudice
Poor & insensitive media reporting on more complex MHP (e.g. “Killer-soldier jury is told of ‘disorder’”, P&J, 14/3/07)
The above, and general lack of awareness, creating fear of unknown?
“Lost” personality = non-capacity to control one’s actions?
What can YOU do? from your doctor or any other health professionals?
“The man sitting next to me on the train made me nervous because he was looking at his reflection in the window and talking to himself. But he turned round to me and said that it was OK because he had schizophrenia and was just talking to the voices he could hear. I felt fine after that.” Louise, Markinch (age 15)
'see me' - Let's stop the stigma of mental ill-health
9-13 Maritime Street
Telephone: 0131 624 8945
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.seemescotland.org & www.justlikeme.org.uk
'see me' is run by an Alliance of five mental health organisations and is fully funded by the Scottish Government's National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being.