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EPA guidance on how to improve the image of psychiatry and of the psychiatrist

Bhugra, D., Sartorius, N., Fiorillo, A., Evans-Lacko, S., Ventriglio, A., Hermans, M.H.M., Vallon, P., Dales, J., Racetovic, G., Samochowiec, J., Roca Bennemar, M., Becker, T., Kurimay, T. and Gaebel, W. (2015) EPA guidance on how to improve the image of psychiatry and of the psychiatrist. European Psychiatry, 30 (3). pp. 423-430. ISSN 0924-9338

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.02.003

Abstract

Stigma against mental illness and the mentally ill is well known. However, stigma against psychiatrists and mental health professionals is known but not discussed widely. Public attitudes and also those of other professionals affect recruitment into psychiatry and mental health services. The reasons for this discriminatory attitude are many and often not dissimilar to those held against mentally ill individuals. In this Guidance paper we present some of the factors affecting the image of psychiatry and psychiatrists which is perceived by the public at large. We look at the portrayal of psychiatry, psychiatrists in the media and literature which may affect attitudes. We also explore potential causes and explanations and propose some strategies in dealing with negative attitudes. Reduction in negative attitudes will improve recruitment and retention in psychiatry. We recommend that national psychiatric societies and other stakeholders, including patients, their families and carers, have a major and significant role to play in dealing with stigma, discrimination and prejudice against psychiatry and psychiatrists.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.europsy-journal.com/home
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 02:01
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62962

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