Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Florence Nightingale 'might never have succeeded with modern stigma against mental illness'

From Telegraph.co.uk:

She became world-famous as the saviour of countless lives and the inventor of modern nursing, but a new report suggests that Florence Nightingale might never have been able to transform hospitals if she had to combat today's stigma against mental illness.

The document, co-written by Alastair Campbell, the former Government spin
doctor, also questions whether a modern politician could reach the top of
their profession suffering from Winston Churchill's "black dog" of

And it queries whether the ideas of other leading figures, including Charles
Darwin, Marie Curie and Abraham Lincoln, would be ignored in today's
society, which the report found was heavily prejudiced against people with
mental health problems.

More than one in four people, 29 per cent, do not think that someone with a
mental illness can hold down a responsible job, the study found, while 60
per cent of employers said that they would feel unable to employ someone
suffering from mental health problems....

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