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#Stigma

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus' Opinion

Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus'

But activist Robbie Lawlor sets out how people like him are breaking away from stigma and living full lives – and says people need to be more open and honest.

From TheJournal.ie Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period' Stigma

Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period'

For as long as I can remember, periods were something that could only be discussed in whispers, writes Niamh Dunne.

From TheJournal.ie 'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative' Living With Hiv

'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative'

A new report details concerns Irish mothers had after being diagnosed with HIV.

From TheJournal.ie Life as a woman with HIV: 'We're stigmatised because we're looked upon as if we're easy' Stigma

Life as a woman with HIV: 'We're stigmatised because we're looked upon as if we're easy'

1,747 women have been diagnosed with HIV in Ireland since 2003.

From TheJournal.ie 'You junkie, you addict' - How stigma can prevent drug users getting the help they need Addiction This post contains videos

'You junkie, you addict' - How stigma can prevent drug users getting the help they need

Depression is often the root cause of drug addiction and abuse does not help.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland HIV

'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland

17% of people living in HIV say they have felt suicidal in the last year.

From TheJournal.ie Mindfulness in schools and less focus on points: What politicians want for Irish schoolchildren Mental Health

Mindfulness in schools and less focus on points: What politicians want for Irish schoolchildren

The Oireachtas Education Committee has made a number recommendations to improve the mental health of school children.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil TD becomes emotional in Dáil speaking about death of young man by suicide Ask For Help

Fianna Fáil TD becomes emotional in Dáil speaking about death of young man by suicide

Lisa Chambers was speaking during a Dáil debate on her party’s Bill to strengthen the rights of mental health patients.

From TheJournal.ie Adoption in Ireland: 'We're still going through it, we're still carrying the shame' Stigma

Adoption in Ireland: 'We're still going through it, we're still carrying the shame'

Playwright Noelle Brown, who was born in a mother and baby home, has written a play about her search for her birth mother.

From TheJournal.ie Red tape and stigma are barriers to homeless seeking mental health services Vicious Cycle

Red tape and stigma are barriers to homeless seeking mental health services

Many get turned away if they have substance abuse difficulties – or even because they just don’t have an address.

From TheJournal.ie Almost half of people in rural Ireland would conceal a mental health difficulty Green Ribbon

Almost half of people in rural Ireland would conceal a mental health difficulty

42% of people living in rural areas would conceal a mental health difficulty from family, friends or colleagues.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's not an easy way out': Is surgery the way to help solve Ireland's obesity crisis? Stigma

'It's not an easy way out': Is surgery the way to help solve Ireland's obesity crisis?

Surgical intervention saves the State in the long-term from healthcare costs associated with obesity, say doctors.

From TheJournal.ie Almost half of people in Dublin wouldn't work with someone with a mental health difficulty Green Ribbon

Almost half of people in Dublin wouldn't work with someone with a mental health difficulty

Only 58% of Dubliners are willing to work with someone with a mental health difficulty

From TheJournal.ie 'Let them know you're there for them': Half of people under 35 would conceal mental health issue Stigma

'Let them know you're there for them': Half of people under 35 would conceal mental health issue

Almost a fifth of people would delay seeking help for a mental health issue, due to the perceived stigma around them.

From TheJournal.ie Stigma: 'When a doctor can say to you when filling out a sick cert: "Will I just put depression, or…?"' Read Me

Stigma: 'When a doctor can say to you when filling out a sick cert: "Will I just put depression, or…?"'

We have a long way to go in this country when it comes to our approach to mental health matters, writes Jen Ronan.

From TheJournal.ie A huge number of people hear voices in their head, but it doesn't have to be a bad thing Can't You Hear Them?

A huge number of people hear voices in their head, but it doesn't have to be a bad thing

Associate professor of psychology Simon McCarthy-Jones estimates that as much as 2.5% of the world’s population will have extended voice-hearing experiences.

From TheJournal.ie Report finds people living in social housing change accents and falsify addresses to avoid stigma Clúid Housing

Report finds people living in social housing change accents and falsify addresses to avoid stigma

A new report assesses the scale and impact of stigma on social housing in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'One patient told me she overheard a member of staff referring to her as "just a psychiatric case"' Column

'One patient told me she overheard a member of staff referring to her as "just a psychiatric case"'

Our health service must place a greater priority on the physical healthcare needs of people with mental illness, writes Dr Stephen McWilliams.

From TheJournal.ie Living with albinism: 'I can't go into town without someone pointing or laughing at me' Discrimination

Living with albinism: 'I can't go into town without someone pointing or laughing at me'

All people with albinism are subjected to prejudice, but it is devastating to be rejected at job interviews too, writes Sinead McManus.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Our reaction to Kanye West's breakdown feeds cycle of judgement and scorn' Mental Health

Opinion: 'Our reaction to Kanye West's breakdown feeds cycle of judgement and scorn'

Mental health issues are still taboo when you see the reaction to Kanye West’s recent hospitalisation, writes Vicky Kavanagh.

From TheJournal.ie Do the 44% of Irish people who are single in their 30s suffer stigma? Flying Solo

Do the 44% of Irish people who are single in their 30s suffer stigma?

Times have moved on from research in the 1990s which found society less understanding.

From TheJournal.ie Bressie to head up youth group on mental health Ireland's Call

Bressie to head up youth group on mental health

The GAA’s Rob Hennelly will also be a member of the new task force which is due to meet in November.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm ok with talking about my mental health problems - but will it affect my employability?' Opinion

'I'm ok with talking about my mental health problems - but will it affect my employability?'

Natalie Marr says she posts about her mental history despite concerns that it might affect her job options.

From TheJournal.ie 'I told my date that I had depression and he laughed and told me I was just lazy' Opinion

'I told my date that I had depression and he laughed and told me I was just lazy'

Natalie Marr looks at the stigma surrounding depression and other mental health problems

From TheJournal.ie Employees: Why do Irish companies still see mental health issues as a sign of weakness? Opinion

Employees: Why do Irish companies still see mental health issues as a sign of weakness?

Consultant psychiatrist Stephen McWilliams argues that employers need to do more to support the mental wellbeing of their staff

From TheJournal.ie 'Imagine being suicidal and waiting hours and hours for help' Broken System This post contains videos

'Imagine being suicidal and waiting hours and hours for help'

The founder of Pieta House has said the current mental health support system is not working.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland does not have official statistics on male domestic violence Stigma

Ireland does not have official statistics on male domestic violence

In a response to a parliamentary question from Pearse Doherty the CSO said it did not have figures available.

From TheJournal.ie Schizophrenia is not a split personality - there are four main symptoms Opinion

Schizophrenia is not a split personality - there are four main symptoms

Such phrases mean people with mental illnesses are less likely to seek the help they need, writes Stephen McWilliams.

From TheJournal.ie Woman (26) ran London marathon with 'period blood running down her legs' Go With The Flow

Woman (26) ran London marathon with 'period blood running down her legs'

Kiran Gandhi helped raise €5,500 for a breast cancer charity.

From TheJournal.ie Do you know someone with a 'secret' gambling problem? Smartphones

Do you know someone with a 'secret' gambling problem?

“Technology has had a profound impact on gambling,” according the authors of a new Irish study.

From TheJournal.ie People look at me and say 'You don't look like somebody that has dementia' Forget The Stigma This post contains videos

People look at me and say 'You don't look like somebody that has dementia'

…but I wonder ‘What does dementia look like?’

From TheJournal.ie Practice of 'normalising' intersex children at birth denounced by Europe Stigma

Practice of 'normalising' intersex children at birth denounced by Europe

At least 21 EU States allow medical intervention on children to allocate sex at an early age.

From TheJournal.ie German magazine prints cover with ink infused with HIV-positive blood Stigma

German magazine prints cover with ink infused with HIV-positive blood

The blood has been pasteurised to neutralise the virus so it poses no threat.

From TheJournal.ie Some people are talking sense about depression after Andreas Lubitz headlines Stigma

Some people are talking sense about depression after Andreas Lubitz headlines

“Many of the greatest, most responsible people have been depressives.”

People are talking a lot of sense about depression on Twitter today

“Many of the greatest, most responsible people have been depressives.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Have we reached the beginning of the end for mental health stigma? Mental Health

Opinion: Have we reached the beginning of the end for mental health stigma?

After years of silence about our emotions, we as a society can lack a language to talk about our inner experiences. But that is finally changing.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Messages like this shouldn't be given to patients – depression isn't an 'embarrassing problem' Mental Health

Opinion: Messages like this shouldn't be given to patients – depression isn't an 'embarrassing problem'

I came across this poster just last week in a GP waiting room and have to admit I was shocked, and so incredibly disappointed.

From TheJournal.ie 'We shouldn't be afraid to talk about suicide - it's the only way to understand it' Mental Health

'We shouldn't be afraid to talk about suicide - it's the only way to understand it'

A talk is taking place in Dublin tonight on ‘Understanding the Suicidal Mind’.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: How mobile phones can be used to fight diseases like Ebola Opinion

Opinion: How mobile phones can be used to fight diseases like Ebola

Novel methods of communicating can break down discrimination and dangerous misinformation.

From TheJournal.ie 'Upbeat' radio station aims to start positive conversation about mental health Listen Up

'Upbeat' radio station aims to start positive conversation about mental health

The pop-up radio station is live all this week.

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