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How can we help those affected by stigma overcome it?

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THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • The different kinds of stigma people with mental illness face
  • Ways in which the public discriminate against those with mental illness
  • How this affects the lives of those with mental illness
  • How nurses can help combat this

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

  • Mental illness
  • Stigma
  • Discrimination

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL TO ME?

This article will be useful to help you understand how much the discrimination of mental illness can affect patients, and what you can do to help reduce this stigma.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How can we help those affected by stigma overcome it?
  • How can we help change the attitude of the public towards those with mental illness?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Stigma: A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person: “the stigma of mental disorder”. This can result in social distancing from others.
  • Self-stigma: This is when people take the stereotyped view of themselves, the stigma, and internalise it making an assumption that others will distance themselves. This can prove very isolating

 

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