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Practical strategies to fight stigma in mental health 

Practical strategies to fight stigma in mental health
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Practical strategies to fight stigma in mental health
Author(s):

Sara Evans-Lacko

, Petra C. Gronholm

, Ahmed Hankir

, Luca Pingani

, and Patrick Corrigan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0019
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date: 30 November 2021

Stigma and discrimination can undermine many of the life goals of people with severe mental illness through reduced participation in higher education, employment, and relationships, and lower levels of well-being and empowerment. Stigma is related to exclusion from civil society, increased risk of contact with the criminal justice system, victimization, poverty, homelessness, less access to physical healthcare, and reduced life expectancy. It is therefore essential that young physicians and early career psychiatrists are aware of the impact of stigma. This chapter addresses this issue and covers the following topics: (1) definitions and concepts related to stigma and discrimination; (2) evidence-based strategies for overcoming stigma; and (3) target groups for anti-stigma interventions such as young people. It also provides an example of an autobiographical narrative of a psychiatrist that has been used as an anti-stigma intervention.

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