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30 Royal Parade

University of Melbourne

Parkville, Vic 3070

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PsychTalks | the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences forum for ideas and discussion

Join us to celebrate the launch of PsychTalks with refreshments from 5.30pm. This event will be delivered in accessible language.

Stamping out stigma: science and services

While most of us agree that there should be no distinction in how we react to a broken arm and how we respond to people experiencing mental health issues, one of these conditions provokes instant sympathy, whilst the other can elicit judgement and fear.

The impact that stigma has on the lives of people with lived experience of mental illness can lead to exclusion, discrimination, poor social support, poorer subjective quality of life, and low self-esteem. Stigma discourages people from seeking help, and it can have a significant effect on treatment outcomes.

In order to address the complex challenge of destigmatising mental health issues, research has been divided into three main categories: education (campaigns to raise community awareness), contact intervention (meeting people with lived experience of mental illness face-to-face) and relabelling (renaming stigmatised disorders, such as schizophrenia).

Join our experts and consumers as we explore the lived experience of stigma, the latest in stigma research and how we can translate this research into real outcomes for our society.

This event is being recorded for Big Ideas on the ABC.


Moderator

Paul Barclay
Journalist and Broadcaster, Presenter for Big Ideas, ABC


Speakers

Osher Günsberg
TV and radio personality, podcaster and SANE Australia Board Director

Dr Chris Groot
Academic, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Elizabeth Crowther
CEO of Wellways

Dr Michelle Blanchard
Deputy CEO, SANE

Alan Woodward
Executive Director, Research & Strategy, Lifeline Australia

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences would like to thank our partners, Wellways, SANE and Lifeline for their contributions to and support for this event.




Special thanks to the Dax Centre for the use of the artwork 'Albatross'.

Albatross, 2001
oil, on Masonite
52 x 30cm
The Cunningham Dax Collection
2010.2486
Donated

“The title Albatross suggests people with mental illness often carry the blame or stigma for their condition. It comes from the phrase ‘to carry an albatross around your neck’, a reference to the 1798 poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in which an albatross is both a large sea-bird and also a burden of guilt”.

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