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What works to reduce discrimination?

Graham Thornicroft

in Shunned

Published on behalf of ©Graham Thornicroft

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780198570981
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570981.003.0011

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

What works to reduce discrimination?

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What needs to be done? The previous chapter argued that people with mental illness can actively challenge the ignorance, prejudice and discrimination they routinely face. Yet these attacks on their identity, their integrity and their reputation are in large part made by people who do not have a mental illness. In other words, everyone has particular responsibilities to work to stop such exclusion. The action described here can therefore be seen as a manifesto against stigma and discrimination.

This chapter gives details about what can and should be done at the following levels: (i) with individuals who have a mental illness and with their families, (ii) at the local level, for example in neighbourhood initiatives, (iii) at the national level, for instance in using disability discrimination laws, or monitoring how far they observe in practice the national and international laws and standards which they have signed, and (iv) internationally.

Chapter.  23310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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