What is Stigma?
Stigma is one of the more formidable
obstacles to a transformed mental health system. Stigma and
discrimination against people with mental illnesses leads
others to avoid living, socializing or working with, renting
to, or employing people with mental illnesses. It leads to
low self-esteem and hopelessness. And it deters the public
from seeking and wanting to pay for care. Worst of all, it
often causes people with mental illnesses to become so
embarrassed or ashamed that they conceal symptoms—and avoid
seeking the very treatment, services, and supports they need
What's Being Done to Reduce Mental Health Stigma?
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), along with
Thurston Mason RSN Advisory Board, is taking a pro-active
approach towards eliminating mental health stigma with our
community. NAMI has developed an action plan outlining the
activities and steps that will be taken over the next year
to help combat this problem that often leads to people not
seeking treatment they need. When individuals seek the
treatment they need, they can recover from their mental
health problems and can live healthy, productive lives.
For more information on this project, please see
the available materials listed below: