The biggest contributor to stigma is a lack of education about the nature of mental illnesses

The biggest contributor to stigma is a lack of education about the nature of mental illnesses
July 5th, 2019

ROI-NJ shared an article as part of the Mental Health Champions series: “The biggest contributor to stigma is a lack of education about the nature of mental illnesses.” featuring CarePlus President/CEO Joe Masciandaro:

“The biggest contributor to stigma is a lack of education about the nature of mental illnesses. Often, there are not physiological signs that explain the condition, which results in blaming the individual and/or their family for their problems. For many years, there was no effective treatment, which led to massive institutionalization of those with mental illness. That has changed, but the social perception is still there. Media also plays a role in the perpetuation of stigma, as mental illness is commonly used as a scapegoat for acts of violence.”

Read more here: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/mental-health-champions-the-biggest-contributor-to-stigma-is-a-lack-of-education-about-the-nature-of-mental-illnesses-with-joe-masciandaro/