• Gabriela Kelemen „Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad
  • Laurence FOND HARMANT Luxembourg Institute of Health Catalin NACHE, PhD., Fondation Agapsy
  • Mihaela ARDELEAN GAVRILA Faculty of Educational Science, Psychology and Social Work "Aurel Vlaicu" University of Arad
  • Catalin NACHE Fondation Agapsy
  • Michel PLUS Fondation Trajets
  • Jean-Michel STASSEN Article 23 asbl
Keywords: mental health, social distance, prevention, support, assistance


In this article we want to depict aspects of mental health as
integrating part of human and social health. We would also
like to have an insight into the freshman students` knowledge
so as to find out their level of knowledge, attitude and
mentality towards mental disorders and people suffering from
a mental condition. Stigmatization towards people with mental
disorders is still common in the social mentality. These
attitudes contradict social orientations towards human beings
and their interests. Social distance brings about serious
consequences upon the professional rehabilitation and
reinsertion of this social category. They are regarded as a
category facing serious restrictions in terms of human rights.
In our study we are trying to identify the freshman students`
opinion, attitude, mentality and orientation towards the
understanding of such a complex issue like mental disorders.
We wish that the future professionals in the field of
psychology, psycho-pedagogy, social work and pedagogy
became supporters of open and compassionate attitudes
towards people with mental disorders. They should turn into
advocates that would change the social perception and reduce


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