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Stigma & Discrimination Research at the IOP: An Overview: 

Aliya Kassam Stigma Research Project Coordinator Section of Community Psychiatry (PRISM) Health Services Research Department Institute of Psychiatry Stigma & Discrimination Research at the IOP: An Overview

Recent Projects: 

Recent Projects Mental Health Awareness in Action Programme Phase I (completed) Phase II (completed)

Mental Health ‘Awareness in Action’ Programme: 

Mental Health ‘Awareness in Action’ Programme Global Aims: To build an evidence base of ‘what works’ to reduce stigma and discrimination because of mental illness To assess the impact of educational training programmes on the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of target populations

MHAAP – Phase I Preliminary Planning: 

MHAAP – Phase I Preliminary Planning Surveyed service users and carers views on whom to target with interventions Held focus groups with service users, carers and mental health professionals to identify key issues to address in training sessions Developed workshop session content in partnership with target groups and mental health awareness groups

MHAAP – Phase I cont. Approach to Reduce Discrimination: 

MHAAP – Phase I cont. Approach to Reduce Discrimination Delivered educational workshops. Worked with young people to break the cycle of ignorance, fear and prejudice. Promoted direct contact between audience and people with mental illness. Empowered both target audience and programme participants.

MHAAP – Phase II: 

MHAAP – Phase II Extended the evaluation of mental health awareness programmes through partnerships with other sites / groups.

Current Projects: 

Current Projects Mental Health Awareness in Action Programme (Phase III) International Study of Discrimination and Stigma Outcomes (INDIGO)

Mental Health Awareness in Action Programme (Phase III): 

Mental Health Awareness in Action Programme (Phase III) Global Aim: Develop robust tools to evaluate stigma change interventions for use by community groups and in pilot studies for a multi-centred trial with medical audience.

MHAAP – Phase III: 

MHAAP – Phase III Specific Aims: Intervention to be managed and delivered by Rethink. Review existing measures and develop new assessment tool Reliability studies Write protocol for multi-centre RCT

INDIGO: 

INDIGO Global Aims: To describe the impact that a diagnosis of schizophrenia has on the nature and level of social participation To compare this across 24 countries in Europe

INDIGO: 

INDIGO Specific Aims To pilot and use consumer interviews to elicit information about how a mental condition effects their everyday lives and social participation. To gather data from participating countries on the laws, policies and regulations which set a clear distinction between people with a mental illness and others.

Where are the Gaps?: 

Where are the Gaps? Attitudes towards the mentally ill are complex and difficult to evaluate. What are the best ways to reduce stigma? What tools can be used to evaluate stigma change? What is the impact of educational training programmes on the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of target populations?

Where are the Gaps?: 

Where are the Gaps? How knowledgeable is the population about mental illness? How favourable are the attitudes of the population toward the mentally ill? What forms of behaviour are manifested toward the mentally ill? How does stigma impede the social participation of people with mental illness, how and why do these behaviours vary?

We are keen to work with groups across the country to review what you find works best to reduce stigma and discrimination. : 

We are keen to work with groups across the country to review what you find works best to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Contact Information: 

Contact Information Aliya Kassam, BSc (Hons), MSc Project Coordinator Section of Community Psychiatry Box PO29 Health Services Research Department Institute of Psychiatry King's College London De Crespigny Park Denmark Hill London SE5 8AF England (Phone) +44 (0)20 7848 0457 (Fax) +44 (0)20 7277 1462 aliya.kassam@iop.kcl.ac.uk