IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1171-1175

The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness

Authors: Sami Yahya A. Saad.

ABSTRACT

The stigma surrounding mental illness is one of the most intractable obstacles in the mental health field because it has so many causes, some primarily social and some related to other factors. There have been concerted efforts to reduce this stigma, but most of them are directed at the community and not toward mental health workers. Studies have investigated the experience of stigma by users of mental health services and the stigma attitudes of the general public, but little attention has been paid to the attitudes of mental health professionals. This article discussed hidden aspects of this stigma of mental health workers that often go unnoticed despite their harmful effects on patients, workers, and the mental health field in general. Six main manifestations were discussed in this article, which have significant effect on the interactions between the mental health field and the patients. Researching and highlighting these hidden manifestations would raise awareness of mental health workers’ actions and language, benefiting society in general.

Keywords:
Stigma, mental illness, mental health workers, Saudi Arabia


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The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness


Authors
Sami Yahya A Saad
Neuroscience Department, King Abdullah Medical City Specialist Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Sami Yahya A. Saad, Neuroscience Department, King Abdullah Medical City Specialist Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.; sami_yahya@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 11 Jul 2022
Accepted 23 Aug 2022
Published online 15 Sep 2022
Published in print 23 Sep 2022

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Sami Yahya A. Saad. The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


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Sami Yahya A. Saad. The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=61831 [Access: December 03, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


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Sami Yahya A. Saad. The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


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Sami Yahya A. Saad. The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. IJMDC. (2022), [cited December 03, 2022]; 6(9): 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


Harvard Style

Sami Yahya A. Saad (2022) The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. IJMDC, 6 (9), 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


Turabian Style

Sami Yahya A. Saad. 2022. The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (9), 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


Chicago Style

Sami Yahya A. Saad. "The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Sami Yahya A. Saad. "The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.9 (2022), 1171-1175. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


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Sami Yahya A. Saad (2022) The soft stigma: hidden manifestations of mental health workers’ stigma against people experiencing mental illness. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (9), 1171-1175. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1657497594


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