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Removing Barriers for the Mentally Ill





A new intervention, the result of a collaboration between researchers from the University of Haifa, City University of New York and Indiana University, was found to reduce the self-stigma and improve the quality of life and self-esteem among persons with serious mental illness.

“Just like wheelchairs and Braille have increased social integration for people with physical handicaps, there is also a need to identify and remove the barriers to community inclusion for people with serious mental illness,” says Prof. Roe, Chair of the Department of Community Mental Health, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa who led the study together with his colleagues from the US - Professors Paul H. Lysaker from Indiana University School of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry and Philip T. Yanos of the Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and from Israel - Dr. Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Yaara Zisman-Ilani and Oren Deri.

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JESSICA FEHRENBACHER Correspondent

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

While working with youths, we meet young people in all stages of development.

Some come into our agency as outgoing, confident high school seniors, while others are shy, awkward freshmen.

The opportunities to see the young people develop and find their way during our time together is inspiring.

What can make the situation heartbreaking is when a young person with mental health problems crosses our paths.

Mental health problems never have had a stigma for me.

I've grown up with true respect for those who have a mental disorder or illness and those who help treat those with problems.

Before working with youths, I worked with people who had mental problems.

My family includes a psychiatrist and social worker.

A social worker once told me, "You wouldn't judge someone who has diabetes or heart problems, why would you judge someone who has a mental illness differently? It's the way they are made; it's chemical."

Often when youths show signs of mental illness, families want concrete answers to explain why the child has these problems.

The causes of mental illness are complicated, according to www.samsha.com, Mental health disorders in children and adolescents are caused mostly by biology and environment. Examples of biological causes are chemical imbalances in the body, damage to the central nervous system (such as a head injury) and genetics.

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The Continuing Stigma Of Depression






By Jonathan Rottenberg, Ph.D.
Created Nov 1 2009 - 9:19am

Part of the mission of patient advocacy groups is to reduce the stigma associated with depression. This is noble and important work because historically people who have suffered from depression have tended to suffer in silence and/or not sought treatment because of the shame associated with admitting depression. In the US in the 19th and 20th centuries, virtually every form of mental illness was associated with a moral failing or sign of a weak character.

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Stigma Keeps Many Teens from Getting Mental Health Treatment


Spend much time around teenagers and you won't have trouble coming up with a number of adjectives to describe their attitudes and behaviors, but "shy" probably won't be at the top of the list.

From attention-grabbing fashion decisions to passionate beliefs to a somewhat disquieting tendency to share intimate and outlandish thoughts and images with the world via the Internet, today's teens seem to be fearless when it comes to expressing themselves on any topic that is important to them.

But on at least one important issue – depression – too many young people are remaining quiet.

Perceived Stigma Prevents Treatment

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Workers Fear Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Care

SATURDAY, Jan. 30 -- Fears about losing status at work and about confidentiality are among the main reasons that many American workers are more hesitant to seek treatment for mental health issues than for physical health problems, according to a national survey released this week by the American Psychiatric Association.

More than 40% of the 1,129 respondents said their employer was supportive or extremely supportive of their workers seeking care for health concerns. However, the online survey also found that barriers persist for workers who said their workplace is unsupportive of employees seeking treatment, especially for mental health concerns.

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People All-stars: Vote for Matt


Help fight stigma and raise public awareness of the mental health needs of
veterans-- in People magazine! NAMI leader Matt Kuntz, who is featured in the latest
NAMI Advocate cover story (http://www.nami.org/obama) , has been nominated to be one
of People magazine's "All-stars Among Us." Earlier this year, he was selected to
ride President Obama's inaugural train as an "ordinary American" who has done
"extraordinary things."


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