Reducing stigma by meeting and learning from people with mental illness.

@article{Spagnolo2008ReducingSB,
  title={Reducing stigma by meeting and learning from people with mental illness.},
  author={Amy B. Spagnolo and Ann A. Murphy and Lue Ann Librera},
  journal={Psychiatric rehabilitation journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={31 3},
  pages={
          186-93
        }
}
OBJECTIVE This study examines the effects of a public education program, developed in large part by consumers of mental health services, on the attitudes of high school students toward people with mental illnesses. METHODS Four hundred and twenty-six students were provided an informational session delivered by consumers and a faculty member from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). The content of these sessions included facts about mental illness, characteristic… 
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