this is both informative and interesting.
Comment on: Stigma attached to mental health problems
This does not surprise me at all. I am a RGN who also has bi-polar disorder. When working in an A/E Department at Southampton General Hospital I was posted to an E grade. Although Icould never prove it I know for sure that two senior members of staff (i.e. G grades) opposed my promotion as I had had three months off sick three years beforehand. I had to fight to prove my worth and eventually left. I have also encountered the most appalling attitudes in A/E by - mostly nurses - towards the ever increasing amount of overdoses that present in the ED. I was responsible for conducting an audit on how efficiently ODs were treated and part of that was to try to instill into my colleagues theabsolutely necessity to treat this client group with compassion and understanding instead of derision. Alas 10 years on I have found from working in London, Oxford and other places the same attitudes prevail. I am extremely open about my illness and speak freely of it in an effort to try to abate this appaling stigma - that, I feel, is one way. Does anyone else have a better idea???