Challenging mental health-related stigma through social contact.

  title={Challenging mental health-related stigma through social contact.},
  author={Jillian London and Sara E. Evans-Lacko},
  journal={European journal of public health},
  volume={20 2},
Stigma is one of the greatest challenges facing people with mental illness today. In addition to the distress and feelings of rejection it causes, stigma can lead to housing and employment discrimination and can cause people to avoid seeking help for their illness due to shame and fear. Social contact—direct, personal contact between members of the general public and members of a stigmatized group—is one of the most promising strategies for reducing stigma and discrimination. 1 Since the 1960s… CONTINUE READING

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