himself name of psychiatric hospital to combat stigma
by Angela Hussain
man has changed his name by deed poll to that of a former psychiatric
hospital to in a bid to help combat the stigma associated with mental
A guitarist formerly known as Brendan Curran is now Craig Dunain
– the name of the former psychiatric hospital in Inverness,
Mr Dunain is launching a website and blog to try and help bring
the issue up the national agenda, the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
Mr Dunain became interested in mental health while studying physical
education at Telford College in Edinburgh.
"They taught a really quite revolutionary disability awareness
course while I was there," he told the newspaper.
Mr Dunain said everyone, at some time or another, experienced stress.
"When I worked in Edinburgh I came into contact with musicians
who had experienced severe stress, even to the point of breakdown,"
"After a period of rest it was found that many people, even
those who had previously considered themselves as friends, stayed
away and were no longer keen to be involved with the person."
The musician said he believes the stigma surrounding mental health
treatment deters many from requesting help and contributes to the
high suicide rate among Highland men.
Mr Dunain said he hopes his name change would remove some of that
stigma and encourage people to be more understanding of people who
need to ask for help.
"If you look at people who are homeless you will find that
65 to 70 per cent have had some sort of mental health issue."
"Christmas is a particularly hard time of year for people diagnosed
with mental illness," Mr Dunain said
"Their problems are often exasperated by lack of money, poor
housing, isolation from friends, neighbours, family, and the constant
starvation of support services and underfunding of resources does
26, 2007: Biggest ever campaign to combat mental illness stigma
announcement on heels of research claiming an increase in prejudice
over last ten years.
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