Stigma is the use of negative labels to identify people with mental health problems. It has its roots in fear and misunderstanding.
St Patrick's Mental Health Services is committed to ensuring that people with mental health difficulties enjoy the same rights on an equal basis with everyone, without discrimination.
Service users often identify stigma as one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with mental health difficulties. Stigma is a barrier to people seeking help and to understanding mental health problems. We are committed to actively promoting the understanding and de-stigmatisation of mental health issues both locally and nationally.
St Patrick’s anti-stigma initiatives include;
Walk in My Shoes
Established in 2012, Walk in My Shoes is our flagship mental health awareness and education campaign.Walk in My Shoes
Transition Year Programme
The Transition Year (TY) Programme is a one-week mental health awareness placement for TY students, conducted by our clinical staff.TY Programme
Our #StillJustMe campaign includes a series of short films and blog articles written by mental experts and those with lived experience of mental health difficulties as a way of bringing some of the most poorly understood and stigmatised mental health problems to the fore.#StillJustMe
The Service User and Supporters Council (SUAS) facilitates service user participation which directly informs how we, as an organisation, develop our services.Service User Participation
Frame of Mind
Every year, we run Frame of Mind, a short film competition with the objectives of improving awareness about mental health and removing the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.Frame of Mind
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