Mental Health Stigma Literature Sources

My research paper is going to be about mental health stigma. What is a stigma? Why is there a stigma? How can we change this stigma? Do people view physical health differently then mental health? I am super excited to start writing this paper, I have a lot of literature sources to help guide me along the way!

Literature Sources:

  1. Overcoming the stigma of mental illness


  • “Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantage (a negative stereotype).”
  • Some of the harmful effects of stigma can include:

-Reluctance to seek help or treatment

-Lack of understanding by family, friends, co-workers or others

-Fewer opportunities for work, school or social activities or trouble finding housing

-Bullying, physical violence or harassment

-Health insurance that doesn’t adequately cover your mental illness treatment

-The belief that you’ll never succeed at certain challenges or that you can’t improve your situation



  1. Rethinking Mental Health Stigma

  • The stigma of mental illness is devastating for both sufferers and their families, and can affect every area of life including interpersonal relationships, access to employment, and other desired social roles and quality of health care.


  1. Socio-demographic variables related to mental health stigma



  1. Mental Health Stigma among 8th grade adolescents

  • School MH services
  • Influence of family, friends and peers
  • Their own personal experience with their MH or someone close to them
  • Amount of MH education (taught in schools)


  1. Changing the way society understands Mental Health

  • NAMI NH (Theo Bennett)
  • It’s no secret that mental health is routinely treated differently than physical health, but sometimes it’s difficult to understand how or why this affects us.


  1. What if physical illness was treated like mental illness?

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  1. Hi, Shayla, you’ve some really good beginnings here! I am so interested to find out more about why someone with a fever receives by all actors unconditional support as opposed to someone who can’t get out of bed because they’re clinically depressed? What is the thing that is the game changer? Is it fear? Ignorance? Something else? It seems there must be deep down, embedded reason/cause for that kind of disparity of attitude. I wonder how early human history plays into this story of stigma? It makes me curious to know why and how attitudes can (and do) change for better or worse? If we look at behavioral health over even the last century, so much has evolved. Does it matter who is asking? What, if anything in this realm, has stayed the same, I wonder, and why? Lots of questions indeed, but I know you’ll inform!!

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