Hold Your Heads Together to Reduce Prejudice of Mental Health

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From Openforwards: The biomedical model of mental illness does not reduce prejudice against those who are suffering from mental health concerns. Words like “illness” and “disorder” imply that people are abnormal and need to be fixed, when often sufferers are experiencing a natural response to their circumstances.

“But, what if there is nothing to fix?  What if a person’s depression, anxiety or psychosis is perfectly normal for what they have experienced and how they’ve learned to deal with it? If this were true, then what they would need is not a cure, but compassion, acceptance and skills to help them move forwards with purpose.  If our mental health services, communities, research programmes and journalism went more in this direction, then I wonder, how would our experiences be different?”

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