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Mental health-related stigma in health care and mental health-care settings: response to journal article

on November 10, 2014

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

There is a study in the Lancet Psychiatry this month that looks at the high incidence of “stigmatization” towards those with psychiatric labels by MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. I respond below the excerpt with a piece based on my personal experience of such bigotry in the ranks of those charged to care for folks with diagnosis.

Mental health-related stigma in health care and mental health-care settings (available with free registration)

The questions they set out to answer are as follows:

psychStigma in a health-care context probably contributes to the disparity in life expectancy,20 compared with the general population, but before this can be tackled effectively, careful consideration of what stigma means in health care is needed. We used a theoretical framework and separated mental health services from other health services, because the effect of stigma might vary in these contexts. We then addressed the questions: do mental health professionals stigmatise…

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