Stigma Reduction

Mental health concern for victims of sexual abuse

#MeToo movement raises awareness, brings support to victims With a wave of high-profile victims professing their own personal experiences of sexual harassment and abuse, the #MeToo movement, revived from its original campaign in the 1990s, has [...]

Raising awareness of mental health issues is not enough

The profile of mental health has been raised significantly in the past few years, partly due to campaigning from mental health charities and partly due to high-profile people – from Prince Harry to Professor Green – [...]

Kate Middleton Gave A Speech About Mental Health To Primary School Students & It’s An Important Reminder That Young Children Experience Stigma, Too

Earlier today, elementary schoolers in London got a visit from Princess Kate Middleton, who gave a speech about mental health to teachers and students about an important topic that she and Prince William are passionate about [...]

Is your child struggling with their mental health? 5 things to consider

It can be gut-wrenching for a parent to see their child in constant tears, locking themselves away in their room, or throwing fits of anger.   Experts say these emotions are normal — to an extent. But sometimes they can be [...]

The changing face of homelessness: Female, aged 25-34, often mothers

  Around one in 84 Australians accessed specialised homelessness services in the last financial year, According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) latest report. And 60% of them, were female, The figures from the [...]

How can we counter the ‘loneliness epidemic’ affecting health?

The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can raise levels of stress [...]

Mental illness: the health crisis we’re happy to turn a blind eye to

Mental breakdowns don’t happen overnight. Human beings are intrinsically resilient and it usually takes multiple forces operating over a sustained period to overwhelm us with emotional pain and compromise our ability to function. There are nearly always [...]

Mental Health Stigma Is A Silent Killer And Its Effect Is Catastrophic

We’ve probably all heard the statistic that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime and while this is indeed a significant number, what does that mean in our everyday lives?  To [...]

Looking out for kids with mentally ill parents

The stigma of mental illness is still a major obstacle in getting help to patients – and their children too, who may suffer as a result of their parents’ illness. A pilot programme offering support to [...]

Stigma surrounding mental health treatment is misguided, and can be costly

‘Stigma’ can often be a vague and misunderstood concept. Yet the existence of Halloween costumes portraying “mental patients” is a pretty concrete example of the stigma surrounding mental illness and its treatments. Following films like One [...]