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ERIC Number: ED568662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Using Contact and Education as a Means of Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness: An Example of a Polish Foundation "Ef Kropka"
Chrostek, Anna; Sonik, Janina; Krzyzanowska-Zbucka, Joanna; Switaj, Piotr; Nowak, Izabela; Anczewska, Marta
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (13th, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jun 10-13, 2015)
Social stigma is widely recognized as a major barrier to recovery from mental illness. In Poland, as in other countries, the society perceives mental illnesses as an intimidating problem, while the people affected are often treated with reservation and a sense of distance. One of the first Polish organizations addressing stigmatization and social exclusion of people with mental disorders was the "Open the doors" Association from Kraków. Now their work is followed in Warsaw by the Foundation eF point ("Fundacja eF kropka"). It is a non-governmental organization formed at the initiative of people professionally involved in helping persons with mental illness experience. The Foundation's attempt is to change the negative assumptions about the outcomes of mental diseases, convictions rooted in social awareness and patients' self-perception. This paper describes how the Foundation uses the education and contact approaches to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and to foster personal empowerment of people receiving psychiatric treatment. The details of its new anti-stigma initiative "Together against stereotypes" are provided. [For the complete Volume 13, Number 1 proceedings, see ED568595.]
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. Blvd Shipchenski prohod 69 A, 1574 Sofia, Bulgaria. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland