In Würde zu sich stehen : Konzept und Wirksamkeit eines peer-geleiteten Programms zu Offenlegung und Stigmabewältigung

Rüsch, Nicolas and Oexle, Nathalie and Reichhardt, Lea and Ventling, Stephanie (2018) In Würde zu sich stehen : Konzept und Wirksamkeit eines peer-geleiteten Programms zu Offenlegung und Stigmabewältigung. Psychiatrische Praxis, 46 (2). pp. 97-102. ISSN 0303-4259

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    Abstract

    Background: Due to the stigma associated with mental disorders, many people with mental illness face the difficult choice whether to disclose their illness to others. (Non-)Disclosure is a key reaction in coping with stigma. Disclosure as well as non-disclosure have risks and benefits, depending on the environment and the individual. Methods: "Honest, Open, Proud" (HOP; German: ,In Würde zu sich stehen'/IWS) is a peer-led group program to support people with mental illness in their disclosure decisions. It is not HOP’s aim to make participants disclose, but to support a well-informed and empowered decision. Results: Currently three RCTs, with several others underway, show HOP's positive effects in terms of reductions in stigma stress, disclosure distress, self-stigma, or depressive symptoms. Adolescent participants reported better quality of life, recovery, and attitudes to help-seeking. Adaptations for different diagnoses and age groups have been developed. Conclusions: HOP appears to be a feasible and effective program to support people with mental illness in their disclosure decisions and in their coping with stigma. Future developments and public health implications are discussed.