Authors: Mia Davidson, Barbara Hocking, VIC and Sarah Chunys, QLD
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: sane aUSTRALIA, YOUTH, EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES, COMMUNITY ATTITUDES AND STIGMA
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A major focus of SANE’s work is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma leaves people with more than hurt feelings – it contributes to loneliness, distress and discrimination. The end result is that many people are reluctant to seek help, less likely to cooperate with treatment, and slower to recover self-esteem and confidence. Tragically, this leads many to suicidal behaviour. SANE Youth Initiative has a special focus on reducing stigma and encouraging help seeking in young people. The strategy adopted includes consultations, approaches to schools, youth-friendly resources, the It’s All Right website and StigmaWatch activities with this group
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