Breaking Down Stigma in Mental Health

University of Melbourne logoThe University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health and Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences invite you to attend a Public Lecture Panel ‘Breaking Down Stigma in Mental Health’ – What can we do to eradicate cultural, social and gender barriers? at Westside Centre on  Thursday 12 September 2019

While most of us agree that there should be no distinction in how we react to a broken arm and how we respond to people experiencing mental health issues, one of these conditions provokes instant sympathy, whilst the other can elicit judgement and fear.  The impact that stigma has on the lives of people with lived experience of mental illness is complex, and it can lead to exclusion, discrimination, poor social support, poorer subjective quality of life, and low self-esteem. Stigma discourages people from seeking help, and it can have a significant effect on treatment outcomes.

This is made even more difficult as each of our personal perceptions of mental health is influenced by where we come from, the values that we grow up with and our ‘place’ in society. So, what can we do as a vastly diverse community to address some of the problems that our mental health system struggles with?

Join our experts and consumers as we explore the latest in stigma research and interventions and discuss how we can translate this research into real outcomes for our society.


Alan Thorpe | Facilitator the Dardi Munwurro Strong Spirit Men’s Behaviour and Healing Program
Abdullah Naveed | Community Development Officer for the Ethnic Council of Shepparton
Dr Michelle Blanchard | Deputy CEO at SANE Australia
Dr Christopher Groot | Director, Mental Illness Stigma Lab, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Georgie Harman | CEO of Beyond Blue

Event Details:

Program: Breaking Down Stigma in Mental Health
Date: Thursday 12 September 2019
Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm
Venue: Westside, Corner Homewood Drive & Echuca Road, Mooroopna
Cost: FREE
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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Organiser of PsychTalks: Breaking down stigma in mental health

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is one of the most highly regarded Schools of psychology in Australia.The School attracts some of the best students nationally and internationally to its broad range of APAC accredited undergraduate, graduate, professional, and research programs. The School’s teaching is underpinned by excellence in research across a range of fields, including cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, quantitative psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology and clinical science.




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