Discrimination Firsthand — Experiences of mental health-related stigma and discrimination

Stigma and discrimination have been described by many people with mental health issues as being worse than the mental health problem itself. The SAPPHIRE Research Programme on Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health [sapphire.iop.kcl.ac.uk] aims to better understand the nature and effects of discrimination and stigma and to find effective ways to counter them. Research by our team at King's College London has shown that hearing firsthand experiences can help to reduce stigma. Documenting experienced discrimination is also a vital foundation for discovering how best to approach changing society to put an end to mental health discrimination. In SAPPHIRE's MIRIAD study [sapphire.iop.kcl.ac.uk/SAP… ], we used our DISC scale [ sapphire.iop.kcl.ac.uk/SAP…] to ask mental health service users about their experiences of discrimination ('being treated unfairly'). Here we present findings from our thematic analysis of the examples they gave for the main life areas where they reported discrimination. These are shown in the form of fictional statements and scenes. Please watch, share, use … To find out more, see sapphire.iop.kcl.ac.uk Lead researcher for video: Sarah Clement. SAPPHIRE Principal investigator: Graham Thornicroft. Artistic information Film maker: Kristina Clackson Bonnington bonclacksonton.co.uk Music: Calum Bowen calumbowen.com This film presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research scheme (RP-PG-0606-1053). The views expressed in this film are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

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Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...


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