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Stigma: the impact of prejudice and discrimination on people labeled with mental health disabilities. PowerPoint presented w ith discussions and attendee interaction. By Chuck Hughes.
with discussions and attendee interaction.
By Chuck Hughes
address how prejudice and discrimination affect people with mental health issues, along with steps everyone can take to reduce stigma.
It’s an ugly, six-letter word that can single-handedly dictate how our life will turn out. Mental health stigma can mean the difference between getting that dream job or remaining unemployed. Between getting that coveted boyfriend or girlfriend or remaining single. It can also mean the difference between remaining in hiding or coming out of the mental health closet.
Stigmais a mark of disgrace. In mental health it arises from negative stereotyping of consumers. Discrimination is being treated unfairly or denied opportunities. Prejudice arises when an individual or situation is pre-judged, and can lead to public fear, misunderstanding and intolerance.
Many have said the stigma of mental health issues are more disabling than the issues itself.
The message that “mental illness is just a disease” isn’t reducing stigma. It’s actually making the stigma worse.
Everyone who has dealt first-hand with the stigma around mental health likely has a working definition in their mind, but the people at Penn State sum it up quite nicely.
“Stigma refers to negative attitudes (prejudice) and negative behaviour (discrimination) towards people with lived experiences in mental health.”
International research has demonstrated a clear link between media portrayal and negative attitudes in the public.
Fact: the proportion of people with mental health care needs likely to display violent behavior is small, with this group significantly more likely to be victims of violence.
The proportion of people with mental health care needs likely to display violent behavior is small, with this group significantly more likely to be victims of violence.
Inaccurate media portrayal has been shown to have a negative impact on individuals who have had mental health care needs.
The best way to challenge these stereotypes is through firsthand contact with people with experience of mental health problems.
Many University Psych Departments. will pay consumer/survivor panel for presentations. All it takes is for some one with lived experience to organize a panel .
In the hand out provided you will find two blank sheet of paper; on one write down in big boaled letters the psychiatric labial that the system has pined on you.
After everyone is finished writing; we’ll each stand turning to our left then to our right, tearing up our labels and saying out laud, in our own words. Why we renounce, refuse to acknowledge, reject, disclaim and or disown our labels.
Attention deficiency syndrome
In the hand find the secondblank sheet of paper and write 15 things about yourself with out mentioning MH.
Not just affirmations but any attributes and accomplishments, things society appreciates.
After everyone is finished we’ll take turns going around the room reading aloud what we have written.
I am a carpenter, janitor, naturalist, base ball player, hiker, fishermen,……
I am women; I am strong, hear my roar!
To reduce prejudice and discrimination (untrue myths) against people with mental health challenges.
Educate ourselves about untrue beliefs that people have about mental health consumers that serves to keep us in our places.
Some words are oppressive and others are liberating. Learn which terms portray consumers in an EmPowering manner.
2. The way we speak can affect the way other people think and speak.
Find opportunities to pass on facts and positive attitudes about people with mental health problems.
People with mental health make valuable contributions to society. Their mental problems are just one part of who they are.
We’ve all heard the negative stories. Let’s recognize and applaud the positive ones.
Treat consumers and survivors as equals
with dignity and respect.
ADA and the Olmstead decisions; it is against the law for employers and people who provide services to discriminate against people with mental health challenges.