Stigmata Non Grata: Can We End Stereotypes of Mental Illness?
Nearly half of all Americans will meet criteria for a mental disorder at some point during their lives, yet only a fraction of them will actually seek counseling or other mental health services. One of the major reasons people avoid seeking help is because of the stigma that is associated with having a mental disorder. This seminar will explore this phenomenon of stigma from a variety of perspectives, taking up such questions as: Where does stigma originate? Why are some mental health problems more dreaded or feared than others? Do the stereotypes about mental disorders contain a kernel of truth? What, if anything, can be done to reduce or eradicate the problem of stigma?