Stigma and mental illness

Gabrielle Lis

What is stigma? What are some consequences of stigma? How might stigma manifest in the workplace? And what can you do about it?

What is stigma? Stigma, according to the Encarta Dictionary, is “the shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable.” Some shame and disgrace serves a social function. For example, the shame and disgrace associated with committing murder may act as a deterrent. Other shame and disgrace, including the shame and disgrace experienced by people living with mental illness, does not serve so...

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Published 16 August, 2010