Unfortunately, many mental health workers and other health workers stigmatise their clients, often without being aware of this process. The Canadian Mental Health Commission has funded a programme to address this with the funding of the Opening Minds project.
A full report and final version of the Opening Minds Scale is available here
With a report on the development of the scale here BMC Psychiatry | Abstract | Opening minds stigma scale for health care providers (OMS-HC): examination of psychometric properties and responsiveness.
The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) uncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems.
Got Your ACE Score? « ACEs Too High.
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Withdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs: What Psychiatrists Don’t Learn | Mad In America.
“I am a resident psychiatrist. Like other psychiatrists in training today, I learn a lot about psychotropic drugs: the putative mechanisms of action, the evidence base, the indications, cautions and contraindications, interactions, side effects, toxicity, and monitoring. We learn how to initiate different agents. We learn how to combine different psychotropic drugs, what is called ‘rational polypharmacy’. We even learn how to switch from one drug to another, what is called ‘cross-tapering’. What we do not learn is how to stop these drugs. What there is no guidance on is how to stop these drugs. What there is no evidence on is how to stop these drugs. Unsurprisingly then, we never seem to stop these drugs!”
Podcast – Jonathan M. Metzl, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’ | Centre for Medical Humanities.
Abstract: Misperceptions that persons with schizophrenia are violent or dangerous lie at the heart of stigmatizations of the disease. My talk tells the story of how these modern-day American conceptualizations of schizophrenic patients as violent emerged during the civil-rights era of the 1950s-1970s in response to a larger set of conversations about race. I integrate institutional, professional, and cultural discourses in order to trace shifts in popular and medical understandings of schizophrenia from a disease of white docility to one of “Negro” hostility, and from a disease that was nurtured to one that was feared