The Stigma of Mental Illness

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Corrigan argues that clinical diagnosis might exacerbate the stigma of mental illness. In Corrigan’s study clinical diagnosis adds groupness for the collection of people with mental illness which worsens the level of prejudice (Corrigan 34). Corrigan states that this ultimately leads to overgeneralization, as there is an assumption that all individuals diagnosed with the same mental disorders behave the same way (Corrigan 34). According to Corrigan the stereotypic description of mental illness perceives to the public that, people with diagnosis are not likely to recover from those disorders, which can lead to pessimistic attitudes from the public (Corrigan 35). Corrigan suggests that one of the solutions is to understand the diagnosis…show more content…
According to Theriot, students who have attended more seminars regarding about mental illness have shown deeper understanding of schizophrenia and showed reduction in stigma of mental illness (Theriot 122). According to the Council of Ontario Universities, Ontario universities have many initiatives to educate the public and the patients to reduce the stigma of mental illness (COUO 8). For example according to the council, Queen’s University hosts a program called “Overcoming Stigma in Mood and Anxiety Disorders” that is promoted by the Bell Mental Health and Anti—Stigma Research Chair Dr. Stuart. This program’s ultimate goal is to change the way people think about mental illness change the fears and prejudices of mental illness (Queen’s University 2). Other universities such as the University of Ottawa, Brock University and the University of Waterloo have similar initiatives to educate (COUO 6). Other strategy that universities use to counter stigma of mental illness is by contact as it challenges attitudes about mental illness through a direct connection (Corrigan et al. 31). There are two different contacts that could be made to reduce the stigma: contact between the public and an individual with mental illness (Corrigan et al. 31) and contact between mental health professional and a recovered individual (Corrigan 36). According to Corrigan and other authors, felicitating interactions between citizens and a

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