Combating stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness


Professor Graham Thornicroft discusses the issue of stigma, looking at the current research and asking what can be done at local and national levels as well as by psychiatrists themselves to combat the stigmatisation of people with mental illness.


Date published: 5 July 2007

Audio running time: 26 minutes

Credits: 0.75


Learning outcomes


By successfully completing this podcast, we hope that you will gain an understanding of:


  • what stigma involves and its implications


  • the areas in which people may become stigmatised


  • the process by which people become stigmatised


  • how stigma is measured and how these methodologies can be improved


  • the current research findings


  • what can be done at local and national levels to combat stigma in mental illness


  • how clinicians themselves contribute towards stigma in mental illness and what they can do to help.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2007. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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