Fighting Mental Illness-Related Stigma: What We Have Learned

  • Heather StuartEmail author
  • Norman Sartorius
  • Graham Thornicroft


Negative societal responses to people with a mental illness may be the single largest barrier to the development of mental health programs worldwide. In addition to the symptoms of the illness, people with a mental illness must endure structural inequities that impinge on their health, social welfare, and civic participation. This chapter provides a narrative review of anti-stigma initiatives using selected examples from large national and international initiatives in order to draw out common (perhaps best) practices and lessons learned. Also, wherever possible, this review is based on programs that have been systematically evaluated with published results in the peer-reviewed literature.


Stigma Prejudice Discrimination Social equity Anti-stigma interventions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Stuart
    • 1
    Email author
  • Norman Sartorius
    • 2
  • Graham Thornicroft
    • 3
  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Association for the Improvement of Mental Health ProgrammesGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College LondonLondonUK

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