SWUF A Mental Health Service User Group. Presented by; Michelle Evans, Theresa Jones, Holly Potter, Selina Rawicz, Josh Sklar, Bethan Smith and Rachael Turner.
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Presented by; Michelle Evans, Theresa Jones, Holly Potter, Selina Rawicz, Josh Sklar, Bethan Smith and Rachael Turner.
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
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
“While the media isn’t wholly to 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