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Research on Stigma and Disclosure

UCLUS members conduct research on mental health stigma. In particular, we seek to understand the relationship between stigma and disclosure versus concealment of experiences of mental health problems in a range of contexts.

Current Projects

Supporting mental health professionals who experience mental health problems in reaching disclosure decisions through a self-help intervention (HOP-MHP)

HOP-MHP is a self-guided intervention for mental health professionals who are experiencing mental health problems themselves, or have done so in the past. HOP-MHP seeks to support them in reaching decisions around potential disclosure of their lived experience in ways that are personally meaningful, safe and empowering. Ultimately, the project seeks to encourage more open conversations about lived experience among mental health professionals and to tackle stigma within the field.

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The 'Who to tell, how and when project'

Jem Bhatt, funded by the Alzheimer's Society and ESRC, is conducting her PhD into positive ways to support people who have recently been given a diagnosis of dementia in considering whether to share this diagnosis and/or difficulties associated with dementia, and if so, what to share, and when and how to do so. This study is informed by Honest Open Proud and the broader literature on decision making and decision aids, and is supervised by Georgina Charlesworth and Katrina Scior. 

Digital interventions to support people with dementia in disclosing their diagnosis to their social network

As part of her PhD, Gianna Kohl is investigating how people living with dementia and their family use technology to tell others about the dementia diagnosis, and how an online resource or app could be developed to support decision-making around "who to tell, how and when". Her study is part of DISTINCT, a unique academic and non-academic partnership across Europe, and funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSC-ITN) under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. She is supervised by Georgina Charlesworth and Katrina Scior.