Experiences and effects of psychiatric stigma: Monologues of the stigmatizers and the stigmatized in an African setting

Catherine O. Egbe*

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Abstract

People with mental illness (PWMI) are faced with a number of social and health-related challenges especially stigma and discrimination which tend to have negative effects on their lives. This paper presents narrative monologues portraying the experiences and effects of psychiatric stigma and discrimination on PWMI in South Africa. These narratives voice out the concerns of the stigmatizers (specifically family members and significant others of PWMI) and the stigmatized in a poetic fashion. The society is still not very sympathetic to the plights of PWMI and this affects their general health and well-being. Traditional beliefs and prejudice still drive public attitude towards PWMI especially in African settings. These narratives presented in a poetic fashion in this paper highlight some salient issues relating to the experience and effects of stigma and the desires of PWMI to be treated with love and respect and helped to lead healthy normal lives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27954
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health and well-being
  • Mental illness
  • Service providers
  • Service users
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Stigmatized
  • Stigmatizer

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