stereotyped attitudes

The 'see me' campaign was launched in October 2002 to challenge stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health in Scotland. The campaign is run by an alliance of five Scottish mental health organisations: Highland Users Group (HUG); National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland); Penumbra; the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Scottish Division) and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

This factsheet examines ways to respond effectively to HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and the implementation of a range of strategies that tackle prejudice and protect people's rights.

Stigmatisation and discrimination are not new to migrant communities, and the AIDS epidemic has played into and reinforced existing racism and xenophobia. This factsheet looks at the way ethnic and racial groups are often perceived and judged as a group, rather than as individuals. They are stereotyped as being 'aggressive', 'unqualified', 'uneducated', or 'criminal'. There is abundant evidence to refute each of these stereotypes.

This factsheet examines the potential of anti-discrimination law to protect people living with HIV from discrimination in the UK. It argues the law is seriously hampered by the complexity and inconsistent way in which it seeks to promote equality and address discrimination.

The National AIDS Trust launched their 'Are you HIV prejudiced?' campaign in 2003. This factsheet offers suggestions of ways to help make the most of this awareness initiative.

This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. This unit explores the ways in which difference and diversity impact on the nature of communication in health and social care services. Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse.

This learning object is about ways in which people's experience of ageing and mental health are shaped by society's attitudes to older people and later life. You will consider the way age-related images and ideas, displayed in the media and in everyday language, shape our perceptions; but also what we know about older people's own attitudes and aspirations. This object also contains a self-assessment section where you can test how far you have assimilated the key messages from this learning object.

This factsheet discusses drug use and HIV stigma and highlights that drug use is a powerful source of stigma and discrimination. People who have aquired HIV through injecting drug use face a double stigma.

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at ageism including why, with such a good economic case for making sure people over 50 are in employment, prejudice against this age group is such a growing problem. Host Jenni Murray finds out if it’s harder to find employment if you’re a woman over 50 than a man, asks what we can do to stop this trend and debates whether we should we be treating ageism like sexism and racism.

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet aims to give an overview of how the mental health needs of the African-Caribbean community are negatively affected by many factors, including racism. It highlights examples of racism within the psychiatric system and how it exacerbates mental distress. It is also intended to help raise awareness of the discrimination and the disadvantage experienced by African-Caribbean people.