Stigma & Discrimination
When we talk about stigma, we are talking about using negative labels to identify people with mental health problems. Stigma has it roots in fear and misunderstanding. Many people hold negative opinions towards people with mental health problems because they do not understand the issues involved and because they are relying on myths and misconceptions....
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Overview Stigma can be deeply hurtful and isolating, and is one of the most significant problems encountered by people with mental health problems. Learning to live with mental health problems is made more difficult,  when someone experiences the prejudice caused by stigma. Stigma can be used to exclude and marginalise people. The prejudice and fear...
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There have, to date, been many initiatives to reduce the impact of stigma by challenging inaccurate representations in the media and by humanising the real facts about mental health problems. It may never be possible to totally eliminate inaccurate and hurtful comments, actions and headlines. It is, however, already evident that as people with self-experience and...
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In Ireland, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our life. That’s enough of us to fill Croke Park fourteen times over; it’s six times the number of students who enrolled in all our Universities and all our ITs combined right across the county last year, and...
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2012 Research: Two years into the national stigma-reduction campaign, have attitudes changed?   In 2012, See Change commissioned Millward Brown Lansdowne to conduct a nationally representative survey of Irish attitudes towards mental health problems to build on baseline research conducted for the campaign in 2010. The survey was conducted over May and June in 2012 with a sample...
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Are you, or someone you know, in crisis? This website is for information purposes only and does not intend to provide crisis support or referral. In a crisis (when someone might harm themselves, harm someone else, or is vulnerable to suicide) it is important to get help as quickly as you can for yourself or...
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