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ERIC Number: EJ1169975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Changing Hearts and Minds: The Importance of Formal Education in Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health Conditions
Hampson, Margaret E.; Watt, Bruce D.; Hicks, Richard E.; Bode, Andrew; Hampson, Elizabeth J.
Health Education Journal, v77 n2 p198-211 Mar 2018
Background: The expansion of user-friendly mental health services for young people is an important goal of mental health reform in Australia; however, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health conditions constitute major deterrents to help-seeking among young people. Objective: This paper reports on a qualitative study conducted in South East Queensland, which explored perceptions concerning employment barriers and support needs of people living with psychosis. Method: Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 137 participants comprising community members, employers, clients, carers, employment consultants and health professionals. Results: Stigma and discrimination were identified as major employment barriers for people living with psychosis. The formal education system was seen as a key means to overcome stigma and discrimination through improved awareness and understanding of mental health problems. Conclusion: This paper highlights participants' views on how the formal education system might be adapted to increase public awareness and understanding of psychosis and reduce community stigma and discrimination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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