Changing in Attitude and Stigma towards Mental Illness through Education among the Rural School Students

Changing in Attitude and Stigma towards Mental Illness through Education among the Rural School Students

  • Parveen Kumar resident doctor
  • Vishal Kanaiyalal Patel Associate professor, depatment of psychiatry, Dr. M.K. Shah medical college & research center
  • Bhavesh R Kanabar Tutor, department of preventive and social medicine, MP Shah medical college jamnagar
  • Disha Alkeshbhai Vasavada
  • Renish Bhupenderabhai Bhatt
  • Deepak Sachinand Tiwari
Keywords: stigma, education, attitude towads mental illness, school students

Abstract

Background: Mental disorders are associated with a significant amount of stigma in the Indian culture. The stigmatizing attitude towards mental illness starts developing at a younger age and continuously evolves through adulthood. Educational interventions showed a significant reduction of stigma after acquiring new information.

Aims: The current study aimed to changing in attitude and reducing stigma related to mental illness through the education.

Methodology: A total of 3478 students from 9th -12th class of rural schools participated in one time education program. Attitude towards person with mental illness were assessed before and immediately after intervention using California Assessment of Stigma Change Scale.

Results: It indicates significant reduction in overall stigma towards mental illness. We also observed significant improvement in empowerment, recovery, and help-seeking attitude towards person suffering from mental illness.

Conclusion: Educational program has proven useful in adolescents in making them realize that mental health problems are as common as other health problems and it can be helpful to promote the mental health and in developing positive attitude towards mentally ill.

Keywords: Stigma, Attitude towards Mental Illness, Education, School students

Published
2021-03-30
Section
Original Articles