By the end of this module you should be able to:
- understand what is meant by stigma, prejudice, stereotype,
equality, discrimination, labelling, devaluation and ultimate
- appreciate the relevance of these concepts to mental
- assess current research findings on the stigma of mental
illness in the general population and also within the medical
- spot how mental illness is stigmatised in the media
- compare ways of reducing stigma, including legislation and
- apply the Equality Act 2010 to your practice
- play your part in reducing the stigma of mental illness.
Stigma and prejudice pose a significant problem for those
experiencing mental illness. Every aspect of the person's life can
be affected, from self-esteem to their ability to get a job.
This module will explain the concepts behind stigma and
prejudice and will then set out strategies that can be used to
reduce them. Not only could this improve your patients' lives and
the treatment they receive, but it may also make you more aware of
your own use of stigmatising language and actions.
As a mental health professional, you need to be an advocate for
those with mental illness. You may need to challenge prejudicial
and stigmatising attitudes in those around you –
and in yourself.
We recommend that you make some notes as you work through
The 'TrOn Notebook' facility can be accessed
throughout the module (allowing you to make notes on each page),
and these notes will be saved in your personal area 'My TrOn', for
future reference. However, you will not be able to print these
notes as one single document.
If you would prefer to make your notes in a
separate document you may wish to download the 'learning notes'
below. This downloadable Word document will allow you to keep a
personalised record of your learning, which you can then save
and/or print for future reference.
learning notes document for this module