Service users’ disclosure practices following discharge from hospital
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Service users’ disclosure practices following discharge from hospital

Brian Keogh Lecturer mental health nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

People use a range of techniques to avoid the stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental health problems. Brian Keogh describes some common reactions and the strategies that nurses can use to help them work through these issues

Using qualitative data collected from 31 participants, this article describes mental health service users’ disclosure practices following their discharge from hospital. Perceived and actual experiences of stigma were key to users’ decisions about what and how, and to whom, to disclose information about their time in hospital. The article goes on to present some strategies to assist mental health service users’ desire in managing information about their mental distress and their hospitalisation experiences.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 7, 14-19. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 February 2013

Accepted: 28 August 2013

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