Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 534–541 | Cite as

Change in Mental Health Stigma After a Brief Intervention Among Internally Displaced Persons in Central Sudan

  • Zeinat SanhoriEmail author
  • Arne H. Eide
  • Touraj Ayazi
  • Ibrahimu Mdala
  • Lars Lien
Original Paper


Stigmatizing attitudes towards people with mental illness is a worldwide phenomenon, This Longitudinal study aimed to determine the level of stigma, among the internal displaced persons in central Sudan and explore possible changes in stigma associated with an intervention. 1549 persons were interviewed using standardized stigma attitude tools. The study reveled high level of stigma among our respondents and there was no significant difference in attitudes towards mental illness observed after the intervention. The intervention was not associated with change in stigma. However, the findings can inform policy to create sustainable national mental health strategies to address the stigma.


Stigma IDPs Mental health Sudan 



Our sincere thanks go to all those who contributed to this study, especially the IDPs in the two study areas, and the local community committees for their collaboration. Our gratitude is also extended to the clinical psychologists who collected the data and contributed to the community psycho-education and the Khartoum University staff members, the Ministry of Health at both the federal and state level and Prudence and Grace who assisted in improving the language in the manuscript.


The project was funded by Oslo University: Division of Mental Health and addiction, Quota scheme and Faculty of Medicine.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

No conflict of interest stated.

Informed Consent

Written and voluntary informed consent was obtained from all participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeinat Sanhori
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Arne H. Eide
    • 3
  • Touraj Ayazi
    • 2
  • Ibrahimu Mdala
    • 4
  • Lars Lien
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Federal Ministry of HealthKhartoumSudan
  2. 2.Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Institute of Clinical MedicineUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  3. 3.SINTEF, Technology and SocietyOsloNorway
  4. 4.Department of General Practice, Institute of Health and SocietyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  5. 5.Department of Public HealthInnlandet University CollageElverumNorway
  6. 6.Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Concurrent Substance Abuse and Mental Health DisordersInnlandet Hospital TrustHamarNorway

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