Kim Helmus: GGZ-psychologist and VGCT Project-Coordinator of the “What do you do” project research centre Phrenos.
Title TEDxTalk: Stigma: What is your attitude?
Over the last four years, Kim worked in the field of psychiatry, at the psychosis circuit of the GGZ Drenthe. These were valuable years, in which she learned that working with these people was both stimulating and rewarding. What frustrated her however, was the social stigma her clients had to deal with. She decided to try to do something about it. She gave lectures a schools and paid special attention to the subject of ‘stigma’ in the therapy she provided. During the last six months she has travelled all over the word, looking for and visiting projects that inspired her. She held interviews with clients, expert and those otherwise acquainted with the subject. In the coming months she will be sifting through this material and describing the 15 best practices world-wide. In her talk she will forward her ideas on how to counter social stigma in mental health patients. Through this activity she also hopes to inspire the people from the best practices themselves, to spring into action themselves.
Kim will keep her TEDxTalk in Dutch