Stigma Related Avoidance in People Living with Severe Mental Illness (SMI): Findings of an Integrative Review
This study explores the experience of women with severe mental illness in transition from psychiatric hospital care to the community. Three focus groups were conducted among women with severe mental illness from transitional residences at two state psychiatric hospitals. Focus group transcripts and notes were coded according to women’s perceived challenges and facilitators of transition. Participants described several challenges including fear of insufficient treatment support, safety concerns, social isolation, stigma, and lack of resources to meet daily needs. The supports that women described as important were an orientation to the neighborhood and residence, access to treatment support with flexibility, and connection to social supports.