Stigma – what does Stigma mean?

Kati Morton

(SOURCE Kati Morton July 2015 – 6m 4sec)

Kati Morton is a prolific talker with over 200K followers. Most of her followers I guess are school age children because this clip is aimed at helping children face problems at school. And that is not just with learning, but the manifold social issues and anxieties that kids go through.

Kati is a licensed therapist in the States and has made over 800 videos. Her pitch is to an American audience, so let me know if you don’t think it appropriate for this blog.

If you want to know more about the 504 follow this link.



Stigma – changing the public perception

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

(SOURCE Bring Change to Mind December 2013,  4m 32s)

A collection of video clips and comments from those affected by the Stigma of Mental Illness. This video is made all the more stark and emotional by being shot in Black and White.

The message – It’s OK to talk about it.

What do you think?

‘Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M) is a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed public education materials and programs based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.’


Stigma – the client’s story

In this video from Fixers we hear stories from young people who feel they are stigmatised for being different: thinking and behaving differently.

(SOURCE Fixers January 2016 2m 37sec)

You may have to watch the video a couple of times to identify 3 different voices, 3 different people and their stories.

Think for a moment abouit their statement of unity “What others think of us doesn’t matter.”

Is that a realistic statement to make? How do you feel about that?

‘Fixers’ are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them. Real people, real stories, real change. You can visit their website here

As always if you feel affected by this video, or are looking for advice or support, please contact your GP.



This week we look at Stigma.

(SOURCE Image by Design – September 2015, 3m 20s)

All humans possess a primitive, basic mental function to form an opinion about the people and things we meet: whether to run away, fight or even eat it.

What is more important is the way we are socially constructed to react to those thoughts. As the video points out to hate is to hurt.

In the week that follows we will examine the psychological causes of and responses to Stigma.


Schizophrenia and CBT

Well, what do you think?

Is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy a suitable modality for a client with Schizophrenia?


(May 2010 3m 15s)

A mock cognitive behavioural therapy session with a patient that has a schizophrenia.

CBT is a talking therapy based on an A, B, C theory of personality. A the Activating event, B the accompanying Belief, and C the behavioural Consequences.

In this way A does not cause C, it is B. For example feelings of failure, or what other people might think about the client. Thus, the theory goes, help the client to rationalise B, and the Consequences would be less violent, or miserable, or self defeating.

However, CBT requires the client to understand the process, in order to manage it by themselves.

The question remains: would CBT be successful with a schizophrenic?

Leave your comments in the Forum, please.

SOURCE Matlowe 12, not made any more films since.


10 Hellish Psychology studies you’ll be glad not to have participated in

Full credit to the British Psychological Society for dragging up these odd yet memorable experiments. Take your pick which one would  you volunteer for?


Many psychology studies involve nothing more challenging for participants than sitting down with a short paper questionnaire and ticking off agreement or not with a series of anodyne statements. This post is not about that kind of research. Here, we take a tour of some rather more arduous and quirky experiments from the psychology archives. Participants in these studies were prodded, embarrassed, disgusted, scared, teased, bored and more (though not at once). It was all in the name of science, to better understand the darker, less pleasant aspects of being human. We salute the men and women who volunteered their minds and bodies to take part. Their pain is our gain. It’s important to note that in line with international ethical protocols, any psychology studies from the modern era would have required participant informed consent, with careful debriefing upon study completion (for further information, see the British Psychological Society’s own Code of Human Research Ethics). Now, let’s get this Digest tour underway: [August 2015 update: we’ve now published a sequel to this post, featuring Heavenly studies]


SOURCE British Psychological Society – Research Digest 26 March, 2015

10 hellish psychology studies you’ll be glad not to have participated in

–Further reading–
10 most heavenly studies ever

A client’s perspective of schizophrenia

Today we follow up the Campaign to tackle mental illness by looking at a Client who is being treated for schizophrenia. (Jan 2015 4m 30s)

Chris describes his journey of reecovery and highlights 8 key steps how health professionals can best help clients.

Why not join in, or start, a comment in the Forum on your experiences in this field?


Portico Network is a collaborative platform that: encourages collaboration among clinicians, social service professionals, and educators. It provides tools and resources that can be used in day-to-day practice, and is designed for mental health and addiction professionals who encounter mental health and addictions in their daily work.

We’re swearing to tackle mental illness

“As a society, we’re failing people who self-harm”

 We’re swearing to tackle mental illness (40 seconds)

We want to create a world where mental illnesses are understood, effectively treated and one day made preventable

We’re going to transform mental health for the next generation.

We are MQ

This week’s campaign is a strong message from the Research Charity MQ. Led by Cynthia Joyce the Chief Executive.

Now in its fifth year, the charity supports research to improve the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of mental illness, and advocates to make mental health research a priority around the world.

Right now, one in four people in the UK is living with a mental health condition. That’s nearly 15 million people with an illness that affects their wellbeing, their relationships with family and friends, and their ability to work. For many the experience can be painful, exhausting and isolating.

Watch the video and leave your comments on the Forum.

Will you swear to join them?



Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Anger.

Published on 23 Oct 2015 (21m 8s)

This Youtube video features a counseling role-play in which cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to treat anger and frustration. Techniques demonstrated include identifying automatic thoughts, forming adaptive responses, and identifying cognitive distortions.

This video has been seen over 12,000 times.

One of the comments made on Youtube points out “This is NOT an example of how a therapy session might use role-playing as part of therapy. It’s an example of how CBT is delivered, looking at triggers, thoughts and responses, and looking at cognitive distortions that might be at work, new thoughts that could be more helpful and new responses.”

Note how the Therapists uses the words Useful and Not useful, rather than Good and Bad.

History of CBT

Dr. Aaron Beck designed and carried out several experiments to test psychoanalytic concepts of depression.

As a result of his findings, Dr. Beck began to look for other ways of conceptualizing depression. He found that depressed patients experienced streams of negative thoughts that seemed to arise spontaneously. He called these cognitions “automatic thoughts.” He found that the patients’ automatic thoughts fell into three categories. The patients had negative ideas about themselves, the world and/or the future.

Dr. Beck began helping patients identify and evaluate these automatic thoughts. He found that by doing so, patients were able to think more realistically. As a result, they felt better emotionally and were able to behave more functionally.  Dr. Beck called this approach “cognitive therapy.” It has also become known as “cognitive behavior therapy.”

For the full description from the Beck Institute follow here.