Stigma and mental health

The stigma attached to mental illness is the main obstacle to the provision of care for people with this disorder. Stigma does not stop at illness: it marks those who are ill, their families across generations, institutions that provide treatment, psychotropic drugs, and mental health workers. Stigma makes community and health decision-makers see people with mental illness with low regard, resulting in reluctance to invest resources into mental health care. Furthermore, stigma leads to discrimination in the provision of services for physical illness in those who are mentally ill, and to low use of diagnostic procedures when they have physical illness.