Stigma and its impact on mental illness and depression
A 5000-word synthesis concerning Stigma on mental health related problems AND its impact on people suffering from depression.
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A. Undertake a literature search on Stigma and its impact on mental health related problems
B. Develop a literature search strategy on stigma and its impact on people who suffer from depression
1. Critically discuss the relation between stigma and mental health
2. Identify and critically evaluate the impact of stigma on people suffering from depression
Retrieve and select appropriate papers. Also, add stigma victim confessions (e.g. from BBC and the Guardian) and research that can only supported with EVIDENCE.
Critique and critically evaluate papers
Draw conclusions on impact and make recommendations for best practice.
DO NOT WRITE INTRO, just:
A. Relation between stigma and mental illness (public stigma, self-stigma, stereotypes, prejudices, discriminations)
Where do stereotypes come from? (Media, radio, TV, newspapers, movies, etc.)
Why does stigma exist? (fear, lack of education, misconceptions)
Where do discriminations occur? (Workplace, family, health care professionals, etc.)
Relation between stigma and depression (impact, somatisation, etc.)
How do patients feel? (Shameful, embarrassed, feeling like a failure, try to hide their illness, secretive, prevention of proper treatment)
What is the impact on their everyday life?
Effects on the career.
Depressive individuals have a negative impact on those they interact (family, friends, work environment, etc.)
Stigma of taking anti-depressant medication
What is the best way to support these people? Socially and emotionally
Education, legislation, environment to help them, Policies, Guidelines, etc.
How do we overcome Stigma?
How to raise awareness
(Radio & TV programs, governmental & non- governmental organizations campaigns, projects, leaflets, bring together the ‘normal’ people and the mentally ill, etc)