The Impact of Mental Illness Stigma on Seeking and Participating in Mental Health Care

  title={The Impact of Mental Illness Stigma on Seeking and Participating in Mental Health Care},
  author={Patrick W. Corrigan and Benjamin G. Druss and Deborah A Perlick},
  journal={Psychological Science in the Public Interest},
  pages={37 - 70}
Treatments have been developed and tested to successfully reduce the symptoms and disabilities of many mental illnesses. Unfortunately, people distressed by these illnesses often do not seek out services or choose to fully engage in them. One factor that impedes care seeking and undermines the service system is mental illness stigma. In this article, we review the complex elements of stigma in order to understand its impact on participating in care. We then summarize public policy… 

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