Mental health stigma hasn’t gone away
The Guardian. 28 August 2014
Stigma surrounding mental health comes in many forms, and it’s important to understand what the differences are
There are lots of different types of stigma, and overcoming them requires different strategies. In a paper recently published in Psychological Medicine, Sarah Clement and colleagues from King’s College London neatly outline some of the ways in which it can be categorized.
It seems to me that when mental health stigma is discussed in the media, we’re mostly talking about either experienced or perceived stigma – in other words, situations in which people have directly experienced unfair treatment, or opinions on the extent to which people in the general public have stigmatizing attitudes towards mental illness.
But there are other types – including what Clement and colleagues refer to as anticipated stigma (where someone presupposes the way in which they might be perceived or treated), treatment stigma (the perceived implications of seeking or receiving treatment) and internalized stigma (in which you hold stigmatizing views about yourself).
What is the impact of mental health-related stigma on help-seeking? A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies.
Psychol Med. 2014 Feb 26:1-17.
Stigma has a small- to moderate-sized negative effect on help-seeking.