end to mental ill health stigma
Brown has joined the ranks of those calling for an end to the stigma
of mental ill health.
Brown called for a "change in attitudes" towards mental
illness, insisting people should be more open about the subject.
His statement was to mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday
the country there are very few families who have not been touched
in some way by mental ill health in at least one of its many forms,"
Mr Brown said.
yet too often these have been illnesses which are not discussed,
recognised or offered the support that they need.
whilst the NHS can do its part, we also need a change in attitudes
and a fresh openness to recognise mental health issues across our
statement on the Downing Street website went on: "The day when
anyone with mental illness can live free of the fear of stigma is
coming but it is the responsibility of all of us to bring that day
about as quickly as possible."
the government and leading mental health charities run anti-stigma
government has been consulting on a new national
strategy on mental health.
is responsible for stigma
Catherine Clarke, carer, England, UK
October 21, 2009
Brown firstly needs to address treatment. For it is the psychotropic
drugs, in particular neuroleptics, which make people look odd, talk
to themselves, get grossly obese.
needs to stop blaming the public and be accountable for the medical
model treatment - the down side which is never fully explained.
stigma starts as soon as service users enters the mental health
system. The Department of Health, National Institute for Health
and Clinical Excellence nd the pharmaceutical companies are responsible
for stigma in mental health. Not the public.
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