Facts About Stigma and Discrimination that Everyone Needs to Know


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Facts About Stigma and Discrimination

Stigma often brings experiences and feelings of shame, blame, hopelessness, distress, misrepresentation in the media, and reluctance to seek and/or accept necessary help. Approximately 75% of people with a mental illness report that they have experienced stigma.

In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior:

  • 38% of people do not want to move next door to someone who lives with mental illness.
  • 56% do not want to spend an evening socializing with someone with mental illness.
  • 33% do not want to make friends with someone who lives with mental illness.
  • 58% do not want to work closely with someone with mental illness.
  • 68% do not want someone with mental illness to marry into their family.