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Tackling Mental Health Stigma with THEO Program

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Stigma harms 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence and prevents them from seeking help. Take the quiz to see if you might be affected.

Stigma, Prejudice,

Stigma, prejudice and discrimination against people with mental illness can be subtle or it can be obvious—but no matter the magnitude, it can lead to harm. People with mental illness are marginalized and discriminated against in various ways, but understanding what that looks like and how to address and stop it can help.

identify different
types of stigma

Public stigma involves the negative or discriminatory attitudes that others have about mental illness.

Self-stigma refers to the negative attitudes, including internalized shame, that people with mental illness have about their own condition. 

Institutional stigma, is more systemic, involving policies of the government and private organizations that intentionally or unintentionally limit opportunities for people with mental illness. Examples include lower funding for mental illness research  or fewer mental health services relative to other health care.

Harmful Effects of Stigma and Discrimination

  • Reduced hope

  • Lower self-esteem

  • Increased psychiatric symptoms

  • Difficulties with social relationships

  • Reluctance to seek help or treatment and less likely to stay with treatment

  • Social isolation

  • Lack of understanding by family, friends, coworkers, or others

  • Fewer opportunities for work, school or social activities

  • Trouble finding housing

"Our voice is the strongest voice"

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