You share, We Listen & Challenge Stigma

You share, We Listen

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This is our flagship campaign where we encourage, recovered mental health issue sufferers to speak up. Research shows that the best way to challenge the stereotypes about Mental health issues, is through first hand contact with people with experience of mental health problems. It is to this end that we provide a platform for such interactions and encourage current or former sufferers to talk openly about their experiences and challenge the stigma head on.
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Apart from organising talks and open discussions given by/with Mental health sufferers, the most expedient medium we intent to use is social media, through which we intent to share and spread videos and blogs of MHI sufferers and take it to larger society.

Most people who experience mental health problems recover fully, or are able to live with and manage them, especially if they get help early on. But even though so many people are affected, there is a strong social stigma attached to mental ill health, and people with mental health problems can experience discrimination in all aspects of their lives. Many people’s problems are made worse by the stigma and discrimination they experience from society, but also from families, friends and employers. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their lives. We know that people with mental health problems are amongst the least likely of any group with a long-term health condition or disability to:

  • find work
  • Get married
  • live in decent housing
  • Be socially included in mainstream society.

This is because society in general has stereotyped views about mental illness and how it affects people. Many people believe that people with mental ill health are violent and dangerous, when in fact they are more at risk of being attacked or harming themselves than harming other people.

Stigma and discrimination can also worsen someone’s mental health problems, and delay or impede their getting help and treatment, and their recovery. Social isolation, poor housing, unemployment and poverty are all linked to mental ill health. So stigma and discrimination can trap people in a cycle of illness.

The situation is exacerbated by the media. Media reports often link mental illness with violence, or portray people with mental health problems as dangerous, criminal, evil, or very disabled and unable to live normal, fulfilled lives.This is far from the case.

New Mental Health Bill 2016 passed by Indian Parliament recognises the right of a Mental Health Issue sufferer’s right to care and to live life with dignity, that being said India has a long way to go in this department and is still lagging behind most countries in the world when it comes to attitudes towards Mental health.

Any individual who wishes to take part in this campaign, either to share their experiences with the wider world and counter the established social stereotypes, or even just share video should Contact us for further details on how best they can be part of this campaign to fight social stigma.

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