Project Descriptions Programmes Against Stigma of Mental Disorders

Fighting stigma related to mental disorders and its consequences

Action for Mental Health Programmes has been involved in the World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA’s) Global programme against stigma and discrimination related to schizophrenia. The programme has also been the origin of the creation of a special scientific section of the WPA on stigma. That section working hand in hand with AIMHP has organized several international conferences dealing with stigma of mental illness and stimulated activities related to the fight against stigmatization because of mental illness, in Leipzig (2003), Queenstown (2005), Istanbul (2007), London (2009), Ottawa (2011), Tokyo (2013) and San Francisco (2015). The next global conference on stigma will be organized in Denmark in 2017.

The AIMHP has also participated in the development of several volumes related to stigma and Dr Sartorius has spoken about the programme and about the lessons learned in the programme at numerous international and national conferences and congresses.

  • (Stuart H, Arboleda-Flórez J, Sartorius N (eds) (2005) Stigma and Mental Disorders: International Perspectives. World Psychiatry Volume 4, Supplement 1, September 2005.
  • Arboleda-Flórez J, Sartorius N, editors. (2008) Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness: Theory and Interventions. John Wiley & Sons; 213p (ISBN 978-0-470-72328-9) and most recently
  • Stuart H, Arboldea-Florez J, Sartorius N. (2012). Paradigms Lost- Fighting Stigma and the Lessons Learned. Oxford University Press, 304p, (ISBN 978-0-19-979763-9).
  • Sartorius N, Gaebel W, Cleveland HR, Stuart H, Akiyama T, Arboleda-Flórez J, Baumann AE, Gureje O, Jorge MR, Kastrup M, Suzuki Y, Tasman A. (2010) WPA guidance on how to combat stigmatization of psychiatry and psychiatrists (Special Article). World Psychiatry. 9:131-144.
  • Gaebel W, Rössler W, Sartorius N.(eds.) (2017) The Stigma of Mental Illness – End of the Story? Springer International Publishing Switzerland AG. 656 p. (ISBN 9783-319-27837)

The AIMHP has also initiated the process of development of a worldwide consortium of programmes against stigma. The Consortium’s members met in London in 2013 and in Glasgow in 2016.

Recently AIMHP has also been involved in the development of guidelines about action to reduce stigma of psychiatry and psychiatrists. A WPA Task force, chaired by Dr Sartorius reviewed the literature and made a series of recommendations to national psychiatric societies, to mental health personnel and to the media.

The link below contains the list of publications on Stigma and Mental Disorders produced by members of the WPA Section on Stigma between 2009 and 2014.

Publications on Stigma and Mental Disorders 2009-2014

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