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 campaign
Established in 2012, Walk In My Shoes is a St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ awareness and education campaign.Walk In My Shoes
Transition year programme
The transition year programme is a one-week mental health awareness placement conducted by our clinical staff.TY Programme
School educational films
Managing mental health issues in the classroom can be challenging.School Educational Films
A series of short films and blog articles written by mental experts and those with lived experience of mental health difficulties, have been produced as part of the #StillJustMe campaign 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 facilitates service user participation which directly informs how we, as an organisation, develop our services.Service User Participation
Frame of Mind - short film competition
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.Watch the short films
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