Stigma workshop feedback

Co-production event: Stigma - 29th May 2018 - Blackpool


Attendees: 40

Words to define/describe stigma

  • Feel dismissed
  • Weakness
  • Give up
  • Patronising
  • Lack of caring or empathy
  • Confirms negative self talk
  • Feel belittled
  • Seen as doing it for attention
  • Isolating
  • Feeling odd
  • 'You're not ill enough'
  • Being treated as awkward
  • Different or difficult (in school)
  • Media

What would a good service look and feel like?

  • Found somehwere to fit in and feel worthy of being alive
  • It's ok to not feel ok/to be who you are
  • We will grow as a society - less unemployment and an accepting culture
  • Feel less claustrophobic; walls will be removed; won't feel trapped in a corner or feel like I have no space to move in
  • Support being available/offered where children and young people are comfortable
  • Longer term support with the same person
  • Waiting times are too long
  • Knowing where to go for help
  • Be myself; no barriers
  • Common understanding
  • Honesty
  • More robust referral pathways
  • Not having to apologise for who we are and what we are dealing with
  • Educating everyone - schools, parents/carers, work
  • Social movements
  • Language needs to change - negative to positive
  • Accept problems rather than reject
  • Be able to find people that have the time and the interest
  • Established support networks
  • Happy that anything is now possible
  • Less stressful; no need to explain self over and over again
  • Community wrap around
  • Education - schools feeling empowered
  • Roles of others in recognising and support CYP with a mental health need eg. police and A&E
  • It is not just about the new model - it's about society and individuals

What people wanted to fix

  • Greater understanding of mental health needed in emergency services and by GPs
  • Every child has a right to an eduication regardless of how they are presenting (it was reported that one CYP was 'not allowed' to return to their school after an inpatient admission)
  • Appreciate and celebrate diversity
  • Incorporate mental health into the school curriculum
  • Integrate mental health services into community/existing structures
  • Normalise mental health difficulties
  • Language change needed - professionals using terms such as 'no mental health' in referral meetings
  • Positive media stories/images
  • Compulsory education/training for schools and workplaces; parents/carers; teachers and CYP
  • Self help techniques should be taught in school (terrorism is taught but not mental health)
  • Provision of self help guides for those on waiting lists
  • Need more groups in CAMHS with more people participating - knowing that you are not alone
  • Changing the name of CAMHS - so no longer seen as a disability
  • Everything happens for a reason and people need to realise that and not judge
  • Make it cooler to be kind (rather than being the cool bad guy)

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