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Essay On Mental Illness Stigma Wins Student Trip To Prague
January 4, 2005

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND--Anna Murray, a 21-year-old English literature student at the University of Glasgow recently wrote an article about the stigma that is still associated with mental illness.

The article, written from her own experience with severe depression, earned Murray the Young Mental Health and Well-Being award from NHS Health Scotland, Young Scot and the National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-Being.

"I was compelled to enter the competition as I felt concerned about the misconceptions and fears that surrounded mental health during my own battle with severe depression," she told the BBC. "There is a need for society to face issues head-on and recognize that these are problems that can affect almost anyone."

The award includes a week-long trip to Prague, in the Czech Republic. Murray plans to spend the time interviewing people with mental illness, mental health professions, educators and people on the street in order to compare their attitudes toward people with mental illness with those in Scotland.

The BBC included Murray's award-winning article.

Related:
"Mental illness trip for student" (BBC News)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4120701.stm
"Finding the key to battling stigma" by Anna Murray (BBC News)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4120841.stm

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