I just read this interesting article! I thought it was a good read! I am interested to know what other people think of it!
What in your opinion is the best way to end the stigma surrounding mental illness?
For me its writing, talking, just opening up about it. Telling my story. Making mental health a hot topic. Talking about it with other people.
For me, that is how we will combat stigma.
today i went to a fabulous conference on mental health. it was called whose mind is it anyway and was given by people from the charity shine, who run the basement club. there were a couple of really great presenters speaking at it. one presentation was on psychotic symptoms and the treatment of psychosis. another was on open dialogue, which is a relatively new concept in ireland, having been started in finland over 30 years ago. i liked the concept of the open dialogue model. it talks about professionals and clients working in collaboration with one another. with a view to the professional listening, really listening to what the clients experiences are. also the clients social network and family are encouraged to get involved. even other people they might be working with like occupational therapists, psychotherapists etc. it sounds absolutely wonderful in theory. there was a presentation on it if anyone is interested let me know and i can show you the slides. also if your interested in having the powerpoint presentation on psychosis let me know give me your email or send me an email and i can send it to you. overall i thoroughly enjoyed myself today. i got a lot out of going. i learned a lot. there was even time for Q and A at the end. People had some wonderful questions, although I didnt ask any myself.