Tackling mental-health-related stigma: a narrative review of anti-stigma interventions

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Suzanne Dash considers the findings of a recent narrative review in The Lancet, which brought together the evidence for effective interventions to reduce mental-health-related stigma and discrimination.

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Mental health literacy: can it be taught to teenagers?

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Jasmin Wertz reports on a recent Canadian cluster RCT, which studies the impact of a mental health curriculum for high school students on knowledge and stigma.

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Stigma increases psychological distress in people with intellectual disabilities

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David Steele reports on a recent cross-sectional study, which found that stigma was linked with increased psychological distress and poorer quality of life in people with intellectual disabilities.

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Should we stigmatise smokers?

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Andrew Jones on a recent systematic review that brings together quantitative and qualitative research about the positive and negative impact of tobacco cessation campaigns and measures. The review concludes that stigmatising of smoking can lead to unintended consequences, such as increased stress, social isolation and smoking relapse.

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How can we reduce mental health stigma and discrimination?

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David Steele summarises a recent systematic review that found small to medium long-term effects from anti-stigma interventions with very little research coming from low income countries.

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Review finds no link between stigma and intention to use mental health services in military personnel

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David Steele reports on a literature review that found no link between anticipated stigma and intention to seek help in military personnel with mental health problems.

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Mental Health First Aid improves knowledge, reduces stigma and makes people more likely to offer support

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Sarah Knowles summarises a recent meta-analysis of Mental Health First Aid, which claims to be the first study to quantitatively synthesise the evidence in this field.

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Do we stigmatise mental illness more as we age?

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Raluca Lucacel writes her debut blog about an age-period-cohort analysis, which investigates how attitudes towards people with mental illness worsen during the course of life.

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Coproduction of quality standards for youth mental health in primary care

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Lisa Burscheidt reports on a mixed methods study that produced user-generated quality standards for youth mental health in primary care.

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Family experiences of help seeking in first episode psychosis

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Andrew Shepherd explores the complex issue of families seeking help for first episode psychosis, investigated by researchers in a recent family narrative study, which concludes that help seeking attempts are often derailed by complex family responses to illness.

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