09 October 2015
Staff and service users debate mental health stigma at Callington Road talk show
How do we reduce mental health stigma? Where does stigma
come from? Why aren't there more positive stories in the media
about mental health?
These are some of the questions that arose during the lively,
spontaneous discussion at a 'talk show' held today at Callington
Road hospital in Brislington to mark this year's World Mental
Health Day (Saturday 10th October).
"We really wanted to mark this year's World Mental Health Day by
doing something a bit different. Something that would bring staff
and service users together to share their thoughts and get a better
understanding of what it's like to live with mental health issues,"
said Lucy Pike, a ward manager at Callington Road who came up with
the idea of holding a 'talkaoke'.
A talkaoke is like karaoke but instead of singing when the
microphone comes your way, you give your thoughts about the issues
being discussed around the bright orange flashing table.
"Communication is one of the best ways to reduce stigma, and
what better way to celebrate World Mental Health Day than by
talking about it in such a unique format," Lucy added.
Some of the most common themes to emerge as participants came
and went during their lunch break were the stigma attached to any
kind of mental health diagnosis and where that stigma comes from,
whether the media has the biggest role to play in changing people's
attitudes towards mental illness, how we can promote positive
stories involving mental health issues, how socially isolating
mental ill health can be, and how individuals struggle with
employment and retaining jobs.
Modern Matron at Callington Road hospital Michael Stynes said
that despite the focus on mental health stigma, the discussion was
really positive with staff and service users talking openly
alongside each other about their experiences and successes.
Talkaoke host Mikey Weinkove said that this was the first time
he and his Talkaoke crew have worked with this kind of audience.
"It's been really insightful, there's a clear need to have a wider
conversation to encourage more positivity about mental health," he
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