- Ben Maudlin
- Bondi Beach, Sydney
Registered Nurse, Prince of Wales Hospital
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How do we break down the Stigma attached to those people who have mental health or psychiatric issue?
Current research suggests that one in three people will develop a mental illness in their lives (WHO 2011). Psychiatry and psychological treatment is moving away from treating the disease and towards treatment of the patient as a person. Instead of a person being a "schizophrenic" they are now someone with schizophrenia. However this subtle adjustment hasn't translated into the general public. People still shy away from or are scared by people who are mentally unwell. This causes further isolation to a person and can remove some important social supports.