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“Stigma as a Barrier to Mental Health Care”

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This September 5, 2014 InsuranceNews.Net article talks about stigma, the barriers it creates, the various types of stigma, and touches on what has changed over the past 10 to 20 years with regards to stigma.

“Mental Health Days Should Require a Doctor’s Note”

This August 29, 2014 Liberty Voice article talks about one step that could help with the battle to decrease the stigma often attached to mental illness.  A simple solution of employers requiring a doctor’s note for mental health days the same as they would require a note from a doctor for a sick day taken because of a physical illness or injury.  The idea being that if employers treat mental and physical illness absences equally then it’s possible that other people who may not view mental and physical health equally may begin to also do the same.  While there doesn’t seem to be any research backing the idea, I do feel that it is something that could be helpful over time.


“Stigma of Mental Illness Remains Barrier to Treatment”

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This Health Day article published on the Philly.com website on February 26, 2014 talks about the effects of stigma on the ability of people with mental illnesses to get the help they need.  The article suggests that as many as 75% of people with mental


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English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


illnesses go untreated due to shame or other stigma related reasons for not seeking help.



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“Mental health conditions cause greater stigma in families than physical problems”


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This November 28, 2013 article on the Psypost.org website talks about findings of research done by the World Health Organization (WHO) into stigma and mental illness.  WHO looked at 28 countries to gather their data and found that human rights violations and discrimination against the mentally ill is happening worldwide.




“To Combat Stigma, Take Off Your Mask”

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Ochid stigma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 25, 2013 blog post on the Healthy Place website talks about stigma and ways to combat it, but the approach is a tad different then what I usually see when it comes to fighting stigma, but I like it.

“Stigma and Violence: Isn’t It Time to Connect the Dots?”

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This bulletin published on June 7, 2011 by E. Fuller Torey on the Mental Illness Policy Org. website talks about stigma as it pertains to mentally ill and includes information about the cause of stigma and some of the results of stigma.

“We’ve been in the dark too long on mental illness”

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This February 9, 2013 article on the TribLive website, talks about some of the issues with stigma surrounding mental illness and talks about some of the supports that might be available to folks looking to help a family member.


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