‘The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us and so we marginalise the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, more unashamed conversation about illnesses that effect not only individuals but their families as well.” Glenn Close
The Stomp on Stigma project was developed in 2015 to spread awareness of the stigma facing people with mental health issues. The project grew from our participants’ experiences, and aims to actively challenge, change and promote the way mental health is viewed, portrayed and experienced.
The initiative encouraged the sharing of stories of stigma when encountering hospital staff, doctors, pharmacists, support staff, colleagues, family, friends and the wider community.
Throughout the project various activities were held locally, from filming documentaries, scenarios and interviews, to education and care sessions on mental illness for carers and support workers, and discussions around inclusion and community supports.
We are now aiming to recommend strategies to bring about systemic change so that individuals experiencing mental illness feel respected and included within their communities.
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