The stigma associated with mental illnesses leads to discrimination in employment, housing, voting, government services and many other contexts.
It may also discourage persons with mental illnesses from seeking help. Fortunately, a recent study suggests that this is not always the case.
Every Halloween there are unfortunate displays and costumres which increase the stigma connected to mental illnesses. There are links below to letters the Summit wrote in October, 2010 to a costume maker and website expressing our concerns about this important issue
For more detailed information about current anti-stigma efforts, go to:
Illinois is home to the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, headed by Pat Corrigan, Ph.D.