PsychTalks: Stamping out stigma

While most of us agree that there should be no distinction in how we react to a broken arm and how we respond to people experiencing mental health issues, one of these conditions provokes instant sympathy, whilst the other can elicit judgement and fear.

The impact that stigma has on the lives of people with lived experience of mental illness can lead to exclusion, discrimination, poor social support, poorer subjective quality of life, and low self-esteem. Stigma discourages people from seeking help, and it can have a significant effect on treatment outcomes.

In order to address the complex challenge of destigmatising mental health issues, research has been divided into three main categories: education (campaigns to raise community awareness), contact intervention (meeting people with lived experience of mental illness face-to-face) and relabelling (renaming stigmatised disorders, such as schizophrenia).

Join our experts and consumers as we explore the lived experience of stigma, the latest in stigma research and how we can translate this research into real outcomes for our society.