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# Stigma

Last year
Stigma around drug use preventing people from coming forward to access key supports
Tony Duffin, the CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, said that there was a distinction between ‘drug use’ and ‘problematic drug use’
WHO to create new name for monkeypox to avoid discrimination
As of 8 June there were a total of 9 confirmed cases here.
All time
How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls
‘My mother had been conditioned to feel grateful for the sanctuary of the home as she had committed a terrible sin in having sex outside of marriage and they would take care of her bastard child, me.’
Doctors warn against obesity patient 'stigma' in post-pandemic health system
The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism has warned that obesity patients need access to care in the weeks to come.
Opinion: 'People with HIV in Ireland are dehumanised - we're seen as a virus'
But activist Robbie Lawlor sets out how people like him are breaking away from stigma and living full lives – and says people need to be more open and honest.
Column: '61% of girls my age are embarrassed about their period'
For as long as I can remember, periods were something that could only be discussed in whispers, writes Niamh Dunne.
'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative'
A new report details concerns Irish mothers had after being diagnosed with HIV.
Life as a woman with HIV: 'We're stigmatised because we're looked upon as if we're easy'
1,747 women have been diagnosed with HIV in Ireland since 2003.
'You junkie, you addict' - How stigma can prevent drug users getting the help they need
Depression is often the root cause of drug addiction and abuse does not help.
'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland
17% of people living in HIV say they have felt suicidal in the last year.
Mindfulness in schools and less focus on points: What politicians want for Irish schoolchildren
The Oireachtas Education Committee has made a number recommendations to improve the mental health of school children.
Fianna Fáil TD becomes emotional in Dáil speaking about death of young man by suicide
Lisa Chambers was speaking during a Dáil debate on her party’s Bill to strengthen the rights of mental health patients.
Adoption in Ireland: 'We're still going through it, we're still carrying the shame'
Playwright Noelle Brown, who was born in a mother and baby home, has written a play about her search for her birth mother.
Red tape and stigma are barriers to homeless seeking mental health services
Many get turned away if they have substance abuse difficulties – or even because they just don’t have an address.
Almost half of people in rural Ireland would conceal a mental health difficulty
42% of people living in rural areas would conceal a mental health difficulty from family, friends or colleagues.
'It's not an easy way out': Is surgery the way to help solve Ireland's obesity crisis?
Surgical intervention saves the State in the long-term from healthcare costs associated with obesity, say doctors.
Almost half of people in Dublin wouldn't work with someone with a mental health difficulty
Only 58% of Dubliners are willing to work with someone with a mental health difficulty
'Let them know you're there for them': Half of people under 35 would conceal mental health issue
Almost a fifth of people would delay seeking help for a mental health issue, due to the perceived stigma around them.
Stigma: 'When a doctor can say to you when filling out a sick cert: "Will I just put depression, or…?"'
We have a long way to go in this country when it comes to our approach to mental health matters, writes Jen Ronan.
A huge number of people hear voices in their head, but it doesn't have to be a bad thing
Associate professor of psychology Simon McCarthy-Jones estimates that as much as 2.5% of the world’s population will have extended voice-hearing experiences.
Report finds people living in social housing change accents and falsify addresses to avoid stigma
A new report assesses the scale and impact of stigma on social housing in Ireland.
'One patient told me she overheard a member of staff referring to her as "just a psychiatric case"'
Our health service must place a greater priority on the physical healthcare needs of people with mental illness, writes Dr Stephen McWilliams.
Living with albinism: 'I can't go into town without someone pointing or laughing at me'
All people with albinism are subjected to prejudice, but it is devastating to be rejected at job interviews too, writes Sinead McManus.
Opinion: 'Our reaction to Kanye West's breakdown feeds cycle of judgement and scorn'
Mental health issues are still taboo when you see the reaction to Kanye West’s recent hospitalisation, writes Vicky Kavanagh.
Do the 44% of Irish people who are single in their 30s suffer stigma?
Times have moved on from research in the 1990s which found society less understanding.
Bressie to head up youth group on mental health
The GAA’s Rob Hennelly will also be a member of the new task force which is due to meet in November.
'I'm ok with talking about my mental health problems - but will it affect my employability?'
Natalie Marr says she posts about her mental history despite concerns that it might affect her job options.
'I told my date that I had depression and he laughed and told me I was just lazy'
Natalie Marr looks at the stigma surrounding depression and other mental health problems
Employees: Why do Irish companies still see mental health issues as a sign of weakness?
Consultant psychiatrist Stephen McWilliams argues that employers need to do more to support the mental wellbeing of their staff
'Imagine being suicidal and waiting hours and hours for help'
The founder of Pieta House has said the current mental health support system is not working.
Ireland does not have official statistics on male domestic violence
In a response to a parliamentary question from Pearse Doherty the CSO said it did not have figures available.
Schizophrenia is not a split personality - there are four main symptoms
Such phrases mean people with mental illnesses are less likely to seek the help they need, writes Stephen McWilliams.
Woman (26) ran London marathon with 'period blood running down her legs'
Kiran Gandhi helped raise €5,500 for a breast cancer charity.
Do you know someone with a 'secret' gambling problem?
“Technology has had a profound impact on gambling,” according the authors of a new Irish study.
People look at me and say 'You don't look like somebody that has dementia'
…but I wonder ‘What does dementia look like?’
Practice of 'normalising' intersex children at birth denounced by Europe
At least 21 EU States allow medical intervention on children to allocate sex at an early age.
German magazine prints cover with ink infused with HIV-positive blood
The blood has been pasteurised to neutralise the virus so it poses no threat.
Some people are talking sense about depression after Andreas Lubitz headlines
“Many of the greatest, most responsible people have been depressives.”
People are talking a lot of sense about depression on Twitter today
“Many of the greatest, most responsible people have been depressives.”
Opinion: Have we reached the beginning of the end for mental health stigma?
After years of silence about our emotions, we as a society can lack a language to talk about our inner experiences. But that is finally changing.