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While we have certainly come a long way when it comes to reducing the stigma associated with mental and physical disabilities, it is safe to say that there is a lot more work to be done in eradicating it all together. At the time of the last check, there were 6.9 million people with disabilities making up the UK population- that is a significant figure. If we all took the time to gain a better understanding and educate ourselves on the difficulties that people with disabilities face, we should be better able to reduce the stigma they meet on a […]
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Ways in which mental health stigma can impact on physical health It can be essential to get a mental diagnosis in order to access support services such as counselling, or respite from employment whilst working through a traumatic episode, without facing dire poverty.  However a diagnosis may then significantly affect a patient’s physical health condition, in a number of ways. Firstly, there’s the attitude of doctors, many of whom are at least as ready to stigmatise as the general public. Because of having been fairly itinerant over the years, I’ve had many experiences of signing on with new surgeries.  At the […]
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Stigma and discrimination in mental health – What an enormous subject to talk about but also such   an important subject to talk about. I will talk as somebody who has been through the mental health system and come out the other end.  I have known the best and worst of mental health care and it is a subject that I feel passionately about.  Unfortunately I often feel I cannot disclose my past to anyone.  Not because I am ashamed but because of stigma and discrimination. It is also very poorly understood.  We live in a society where most people assume […]
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