Erasing stigma. Upon our word.
The project aims to research and challenge the stigmatization of mental health service users through the Greek media (language, images, discourse) that generate or preserve stereotypes around mental health per se leading a large population to social and economic exclusion.
The objective is to suggest changes in the stigmatizing media and public speech through training & recommendations leading, therefore, to a more responsible stance towards mental health service users through trainings and use of appropriate mental health language in order to avoid risky generalizations (criminalization) and eliminate their-often unquestioning- social and vocational exclusion.
Development of educational tools (i.e. mental health language guide for media)
Development of awareness tools
Institutional changes (recommendations on laws etc)
Beneficiaries: mental health service users, media (journalists, media students, citizens journalists), supervisory bodies
SSP P. Sakellaropoulos: implementing body with important work in the field of social psychiatry and advocacy
Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation – Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL): Assistance in legal issues and the formation of a framework for advocacy and lobbying.
Society for the Care and Rehabilitation of People with Psychosocial Problems (MERIMNA): founded and managed by people with mental health problems, it represents the target group in favor of which the results of the project will be utilized.
The partners participate in the actions based on their special experience and know-how.