Stigma in Mental Health at the Macro and Micro Levels: Implications for Mental Health Consumers and Professionals

Sharon M. Holder, Eunice R. Peterson, Rebecca Stephens, Lee A. Crandall

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Abstract

Despite increasing mental health promotion and advocacy, stigma persists and poses a significant threat to the healthy functioning at the macro and micro-sociological levels. Stigma is gradually evolving with the incorporation of broader social contexts at the micro and macro levels in which individuals, institutions and larger cultural constructs shape and influence the perception of what is different and therefore stigmatized. This theoretical paper based on literature underscores how mental health stigma discourages individuals from getting proper mental health treatment. The interface of mental illness, stigma, and mental health treatment has ethical and potentially moral implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-374
Number of pages6
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mental disorder
  • Mental health
  • Mental health consumer
  • Mental illness
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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