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Put an end to stigma

Relationships between mental healthcare providers and clients can be shaped by the rigours of the job itself, says Sara Munro.

Relationships between mental healthcare providers and clients can be shaped by the rigours of the job itself, says Sara Munro.

Research has shown that public attitudes towards those of us with mental health problems are improving. However, there is a long way to go before no one has to face stigma and discrimination because of their mental health problem. One in three people say they have faced stigma within mental health services. This has to change.

I know from my own experiences, both personally and professionally, that many people choose to work in mental health services because they want to make a difference. However, the stats speak for themselves, with feedback from patients, carers and staff who work in mental health services showing that negative attitudes do exist among the positive ones.

Regardless of whether you work in mental health services, people develop attitudes in the same

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