Stigma as a barrier to mental health care

posted Sep 7, 2014, 5:33 AM by kumar k
Despite the availability of effective evidence-based treatment, about 40 percent of individuals with serious mental illness do not receive care and many who begin an intervention fail to complete it. A new report investigates stigma as a significant barrier to care for many individuals with mental illness. Public stigma emerges when pervasive stereotypes -- that people with mental illness are dangerous or unpredictable, for example -- lead to prejudice against those who suffer from mental illness.
"The prejudice and discrimination of mental illness is as disabling as the illness itself. It undermines people attaining their personal goals and dissuades them from pursuing effective treatments," says psychological scientist Patrick W. Corrigan of the Illinois Institute of Technology, lead author on the report.
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