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Stigma and Mental Illness. Definitions. Mental Illness – a medical condition that is disruptive to aspect of a person’s life including thinking, mood, feeling, daily functioning, and ability to relate to others. Stigma- mark of disgrace which distracts from the character of a person. .

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definitions
Definitions
  • Mental Illness – a medical condition that is disruptive to aspect of a person’s life including thinking, mood, feeling, daily functioning, and ability to relate to others.
  • Stigma- mark of disgrace which distracts from the character of a person.
components of stigma
Components of Stigma
  • Labeling
  • Stereotyping
  • Devaluing
  • Discriminating
  • Ignorance
  • Prejudice
stigma can
Stigma can…
  • Cause feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and low self-esteem.
  • Create problems with employment.
  • Negatively impact housing.
  • Cause Harassment.
  • Cause physical violence.
stigma can continued
Stigma can…(continued)
  • Negatively impact community participation.
  • Reduce resource & opportunity access.
  • Cause a person to deny the illness.
  • Cause a person to refuse treatment.
  • Cause there to be inadequate coverage of mental health treatment by health insurance companies.
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Although there is no reason that these should exist, there are ways to cope with stigma related to mental illness.
  • To cope with stigma…
    • “Surround yourself with supportive people.”
    • Remember you - are NOT your illness.
    • Remember - treatment works.
    • Remember - you are not alone.
ways to cope continued
Ways to Cope (Continued)
  • Be hopeful
  • Be active
  • Remember you or your loved ones have choices.
  • Make sure people know your expectations.
we need take part in combating stigma related to mental illness
We need take part in combating stigma related to mental illness.
  • Be Supportive
  • Monitor the Media
          • Be an advocate – individually or as part of a group- and share your experiences.
  • Give praise when someone including yourself seeks help.
  • Steps to reduce stigma include…
resources
Resources
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Rethink
  • Webster’s New World Dictionary 3rd College ed.
  • WebMD

(information used was reviewed by doctors at Cleveland Clinic’s department of psychiatry and psychology)