BROKEN THE STIGMA?
During 2020 and 2021 during the height of the Covid-19 global pandemic, I undertook a MSc Psychology (Conversion) at Leeds Beckett University. Prior to this I always caveated my work as being from lived experience and that I wasn't an expert.
But what if I was?
Following on from all my previous work in Breaking the Stigma and Life is a Four-Letter Word I conducted a research project into mental illness stigma within professional services. My research was supervised by Dr Chanki Moon and has now been well received by the professional services community.
You can read my full unedited research report on my blog. Below are some highlights and a video recording of my presentation based on the research.
Mental ill health is estimated to have a global cost of c.$2.5 trillion and is projected to grow over the next two decades (Bloom et al., 2011). Within the UK mental ill health costs employers between £33bn and £42bn annually (Department of Health and Social Care, 2017). People with mental illness (“PWMI”) or who have previously had mental ill health contribute c.12% of UK’s gross domestic product, representing c.£225bn of the UK economy (Mental Health Foundation, 2016). Mental illness is part of our workplace with an estimated c.6% prevalence of depression amongst the working population, however only about half are receiving appropriate treatment (Kessler et al., 2008).