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Title: GAMIANEuropes 10th Anniversary


1
  • GAMIAN-Europes 10th Anniversary
  • 2007 Annual Educational Convention
  • Stigma by and in the family
  • 2nd November 2007
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Inger Nilsson
  • President

2
AGENDA
  • EUFAMI - Introduction
  • Mental Illness
  • Education
  • Stigma
  • Discrimination
  • Media and Mental Illness
  • Stigma - Consequences
  • Ways to eliminate Stigma
  • Guidelines

3
History
  • European Federation of Associations of Families
    of People with Mental Illness
  • Founded 1992
  • seed sown at family congress at De Haan in 1990
  • The De Haan Manifesto
  • Founding Principle
  • commitment to improving care and welfare for all
    people affected by mental illness including
    families and carers
  • The right to be heard as a group with a vested
    interest
  • Based in Leuven, Belgium

4
MENTAL ILLNESS
  • Major Health Problem
  • untold suffering
  • Effects most families at some stage
  • 1 in 4 will experience a mental health problem
  • One of the most excluded from society
  • Economic costs are enormous

5
EDUCATION
  • Some of the common myths
  • People with mental health problems are violent
    and dangerous
  • People with mental health problems are poor and
    less intelligent
  • Mental health problems are caused by personal
    weakness
  • Mental illness cannot be treated

6
STIGMA
  • Stigma means a mark or sign
  • of shame, disgrace or disapproval
  • Being shunned or rejected by others
  • Disrespect
  • Negative labels

7
DISCRIMINATION
  • The stigma surrounding mental illnesses, such as
    schizophrenia, is strong in our community
  • Discrimination is experienced constantly, e.g.
  • employment
  • accommodation
  • healthcare
  • finance
  • simply making friends
  • Stigma affects not only those with the illness,
    but their families and carers as well

8
The First Year
  • 1993
  • Family/relatives friends
  • Work
  • Accusations
  • Silence - Pricken
  • Sick leave - Depression

9
MEDIA AND MENTAL ILLNESS
  • Topics most commonly reported
  • crime - homicides, drugs, violent incidents
  • Topics least commonly reported
  • mental health services, family or user stories
  • Most commonly quoted
  • lawmakers, victims, health officials
  • Least commonly quoted
  • people with mental illness, families, carers
  • Media reporting - adverse effect on people with
    mental illness and their families
  • Reporting is unfair, biased and unbalanced

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STIGMA - CONSEQUENCES
  • Stigma - one of the most serious and oppressing
    factors confronting persons with mental illness
    and their families
  • Impact can be devastating and sometimes fatal
  • Result of stigmatisation
  • Feelings of isolation and depression are a common
  • The effects of stigma include
  • Discouragement, hurt and anger
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Broken or disrupted relationships
  • Negative labelling
  • Decreased chance of employment

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Personal Experience Effects Carer and users
  • Increase in Stigma
  • Feelings, fear, shame
  • Lumping everyone together
  • Without nuances

16
WAYS TO ELIMINATE STIGMA
  • Education
  • Talking Openly
  • Quality Support and Treatment
  • Personal Role
  • Language
  • Media

17
GUIDELINES
  • Treat Mental Illness as a health rather than
    safety issue
  • Check for internal guidelines for reporting
    mental illness copy
  • Be aware of language
  • Try to obtain family and carers comments
  • Always consider quoting either user or
    family/carer
  • If reporting in a crime context, be aware of
    the statistics
  • Consider all sides and the effects that the story
    may have
  • Media Packs are now available from main voluntary
    bodies
  • Be sensitive and responsible
  • Nobody is asking for special favours, just
    balance and justice

18
THANK YOU
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