Self / Social / Structural Stigma
- for the control of sufferers
- maintaining the causes of MDs and their deterioration trend
- obscuring the inadequacy of mental health policies
- to exploit the MDs for the reproduction of the dominant ideology regarding diversity and the eventual maintenance of the ruling social, economic and political order.
Despite this strong dimension related to Human Rights, stigma is a major Public health issue that results in the overall functioning of the political / economic system: if something hinders the integrated provision of health services then elements of the core of the state, as it is described and legitimized in modern perceptions of its acceptance and operation, are affected, violated, or ignored.
The effective fight against and elimination of stigma can consist of the revision of the perceptions about MDs, the relevant rehabilitation practices, and the formulation of an updated strategic approach to the field of Mental Health. This is not a single entity work.
A list of 10 axes for action concludes this statement.
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