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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2005): Mental Health Services - Overseas

Reducing the stigma of mental illness

N. Sartorius and H. Schulze

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005

The stigma attached to mental illness is the main obstacle to better mental health care and to better quality of life for people who have the illness, for their families, for their communities and for health service staff who deal with psychiatric disorders. In 1996, the World Psychiatric Association began an international programme to fight the stigma and discrimination associated with schizophrenia. This book details the results of these international efforts and provides recommendation and guidance for those seeking to join this initiative or to start similar efforts for dispelling stigma and discrimination.

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