MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

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MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA? • Cognitively/Emotionally: • Negative beliefs and emotional reactions toward

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA? • Cognitively/Emotionally: • Negative beliefs and emotional reactions toward those with a mental illness • Behaviorally: • Unjust treatment (e. g. , avoidance, discrimination) of those with a mental illness • Stigma is more common for mental illnesses than physical diseases (Ben-Porath, 2002)

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT • What are some common stigmatizing beliefs and attitudes toward

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT • What are some common stigmatizing beliefs and attitudes toward those with mental illnesses? • What societal barriers impact the lives of those with mental illnesses?

SOME COMMON BELIEFS • People with mental illness are: • • • Dangerous Unpredictable

SOME COMMON BELIEFS • People with mental illness are: • • • Dangerous Unpredictable Difficult to talk to Less trustworthy Less intelligent Less competent (Link & Phelan, 2006)

BARRIERS DUE TO STIGMA • Institutional Stigma: • Child custody – health insurance –

BARRIERS DUE TO STIGMA • Institutional Stigma: • Child custody – health insurance – holding office • Public Stigma: • Dating – making friends – getting hired • Self-Stigma: • Not seeking help – fearing judgment – staying isolated • How do these barriers perpetuate the cycle of mental illness?

A FEW FACTS • 1 in 4 US adults experience a mental health condition

A FEW FACTS • 1 in 4 US adults experience a mental health condition in a given year • Likelihood is, someone you know has a mental illness. • 50% of people in US will, in their lifetime, experience a mental illness • If you stigmatize others with mental illness, you’re likely to be psychologically distressed yourself – putting your own well-being at risk. (Masuda et al. , 2009)

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WHAT TO DO? • http: //www. time-to-change. org. uk/https: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=Vo 2 ie 5 e. J 0 ag