Time to Talk Day Discussions 2018

Members of Mary Seacole House discussed the below questions on their tables and gave the following feedback…

What mental health stigma have you experienced since you were diagnosed with a mental health issue?

“Ive been called ‘looney tunes’. Friends, well so called friends talking behind my back. If you are schizophrenic, people think you will, you are going to harm them.”

“People tend to be weary of me thinking I would attack them in some way.”

“I was not able to socialise with people, and also people who I don’t know.”

“People sometimes say that I am foolish whenever I am unable to speak.”

“Some friends drifting away from me, very difficult for my family to understand effects on me, cause I am the only one with mental health. Culturally & traditionally in my native country they believe mental health is associated to evil spirit.”

“Ridicule/butt of all the jokes/people saying im mad/isolation/difficulty in controlling emotions & actions.”

“Family member bullies or undermining, respect for the person. People look down at you and treat you differently, like third class citizen.”

“People calling me nutter.”

“Yes I was stigmatised by social services saying that because I was abused as child I was more likely to abuse my son so I was stuck on the at risk register as being a danger to my son.”

“People don’t understand what you’re going through.”

Do you feel comfortable discussing your mental health with people you do not know?

“Don’t mention it”

“Never, I try not to mention it. I don’t like people to know. Im ashamed of my condition.”

“No, because of their reaction.”

“No, I am fearful that people might brand me as ‘weird’ as often I feel and believe others may have a negative, judgemental view of myself adding to a perception of being taken advantage of and possibly harmed by others in some way.

“I don’t like discussing it with people I don’t know. Only if they are professionals in the area of mental health.”

“Know I don’t like discussing my problems to people I don’t know! It is a taboo subject I don’t feel comfortable talking about it.”

“Not to strangers or relatives or close friends. Strangers and relatives take advantage if they find out. People react differently to you and feel like you are lazy.”

“Only if they’re doctors or caseworkers or other people in the profession.”

“Yes I do."

Over one third of the public believe people with mental health problems are violent despite the fact they are more likely to be the victims of crime, rather than the perpetrators. What can we do to change this?

“You can’t! People believe what they want.”

“More talking about the subject, making it more aware.”

“The media should put a good story about mental health problems and the authority they should give them restriction in the way they talk about mental health issues.”

“Education is the first start as people are usually ignored about mental health. I do believe that this perception by the public is useful in order to dismiss people with mental health issues more easily.”

“To create more awareness about mental health issues. More awareness campaign about the different types of mental illness. More media education programme on mental health.”

“We cannot change it overnight it is a problem! It is a common symptom of the illness.”

“Victim, have someone close i.e. brother, daughter or social services sticking up for you and get hold of perpetrators. Let people know we can turn to someone. Someone to be with you whenever you go out.”

“To have more events in the community so people can talk about it and knock the barriers down and the stigma.”We need to teach people about mental health.”

Do you feel Mary Seacole House helps to end mental health stigma?

If so, how?

“You can’t end stigma but defo don’t feel it when attending Mary Seacole”.

“Mary Seacole House helps improve my mood and helps me with any problem. They talk about mental health a lot that’s why I come to the meetings.”

“Yes Mary Seacole House help me to end mental health stigma because there’s a lot activities and to meet a lot of people of different culture.”

“I think that they, at every opportunity, try to educate us, show us care, kindness and understanding.

“Yes, creating more awareness and giving mental health sufferer the platform to help them and making them feel accepted and normal.”

“It helps to stop the stigma because we are all more or less in the same boat mentally and consciencley.”

“Not sure but taking us out and about as a group really helps isolation and mixing with members helps to make us feel included.”

“Yes Mary Seacole help to end the stigma in mental health by running groups in the community and making the positive changes.”

“Yes, makes us feel comfortable to talk about our mental health.”

There is a particular stigma associated to mental health in black and minority ethnic communities, what do you think could be done about this?

“I feel you can’t change how people think & react. That’s just the way it is. That’s life, but we must try.”

“All cultures are affected so there shouldn’t be a stigma.”

“I can’t say I know of this. I do not have the answer to this question but I would start informing those who hold such views that factors affecting the communities are largely some for others, social factors; i.e. poverty, homelessness, prejudice.”

“To create more positive awareness campaign about it. To make them understand that mental health can happen to anybody – black, white, Asian, African, British – poor or rich.”

“Educating people more about aspects about mentally ill people and letting certain people know that it is an illness like any other.”

“Maybe get them to group up or show them a way out. By educating them. Maybe if mental health is discussed in the media more often that will help to help people to understand about what it means for a person that is suffering from mental health.”

“It’s about keep encouraging the communities to have a voices and let them be heard and making more services more service friendly and accessible to them and make the barrier be broken.”

“Get their cultures/churches to talk about it more.


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