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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 and deserve.

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.

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This page last updated: 10/16/14