Stop Mental Illness Stigma

By July 26, 2019 July 30th, 2019 News

The Mostyn Street Clinic has signed the STOP STIGMA pledge to stop Mental Health discrimination and stigma.

What is stigma?

Stigma happens when a group in society are not regarded with the same respect as others. There are numerous definitions but, put simply, stigma is primarily a problem of behaviours resulting in the unfair and inequitable treatment of people. Stigma involves a variety of myths, prejudices, and negative stereotyping of people with mental health issues.

Nearly half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. Despite this, people living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination from friends, family, employers and the community as a whole.

The Pledge:

• We will be informed
• We will listen
• We will be mindful of our language
• We will be inclusive
• We will challenge the stereotypes
• We will be supportive
• We will promote recovery

The Charter is about working towards reducing mental illness stigma through a series of commitments which are seen as the major components to address in reducing stigma. The Charter was developed through a joint project with the Hume and Loddon Mallee Murray Partners in Recovery (PIR) programs, led by Murray PHN.

For more information:

“Mental Illness Facts and Figures” Factsheet

Or visit The Murry PHN website for further details on how your workplace can get involved.