Reflection On Stigma

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Stigma is an important issue for healthcare providers who work in the field of mental health. For organizational purposes, this paper uses the DEAL reflection model developed by Sarah Ash and Patti Clayton (2004). By the end of this reflection, my learning goal is to clarify nursing students’ role in learning, practicing, and promoting the trauma-informed practice and anti-stigma health education in clinical and community settings. For health professionals, realizing the existence and influence of stigma is important for care planning. According to Emma Lindley, a senior researcher, stigma is “a socially mediated phenomenon which is co-created by social difference and prejudice”, though it is possible that “‘stigma’ may actually be…show more content…
There are 6 principles of trauma-informed care: safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, and cultural sensitivity (Bair-Merritt, 2015). During clinical placement, I noticed that clients who lacked social support tend to have prolonged periods of hospitalization with multiple readmissions and rely heavily on social services. Many clients expressed concerns regarding taking “Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)”, though AISH helped clients to relieve financial stress and improve the homeless condition (Duguay & Malacrida, 2009). Many clients feared of becoming dependent on disability funds and being labelled as “useless” or “lazy”. From N309, I learned that stigma arises from labelling, stereotype, otherness, lost of social status, and discrimination. The cause of stigma lies in between client’s ineffective coping with stress (“fear”) and people’s misconception of mental health (“blame”) (Gergel, 2014). People with traumatic experience tend to have more difficulty coping with stressful life events, and trauma-informed care helps clients establish positive self-perceptions and build resilience. I learned that clients could benefit from support groups because many of them shared similar problems. Hence, I should put myself in the clients’ shoes and be non-judgmental…show more content…
Wounds could be healed in a week through the use of medical and surgical interventions, but mental illnesses are almost always chronic and require a lot of health management. I need to change my idea about “fixing” people and use myself as a tool to help clients to improve their quality of life. Instead of giving suggestions and trying to stabilize the client with medical or surgical techniques, mental health nursing requires more cooperation between nurses and clients. It is important to build therapeutic relationships and provide health education. Hence, I wanted to expand my knowledge through learning about complementary therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and behavioural change
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