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Wednesday, 10 December 2008, 12:00AM

The Stigma of Mental Illness: Inevitable or unjustifiable?

Professor Graham Thornicroft

Stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness is common and severe wherever it has been studied. One surprising aspect of this is that many consumers report that they feel discriminated against by health and social care staff, even though these are precisely the staff who are trained and experienced in offering assistance to people with mental illnesses. Furthermore, the 'social contact' hypothesis suggests that those with more contact with people with a diagnosis of mental illness will have more favourable and less stigmatising views. This lecture will review evidence about discrimination and evidence of what is effective to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Part of the series of psychiatry lectures presented in association with the Mental Health Knowledge Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/).  Other lectures include:
    Shell Shock or Cowardice? The Case of Harry Farr by Professor Simon Wessely
    Are Normal People Sane? by Professor Robin Murray  
    Is it all in the Genes? by Professor Peter McGuffin

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Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry, and Head of the multi-disciplinary Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, the development of outcome scales, cost effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, and mental health services in less economically developed countries. He has authored and co-authored 23 books and over 215 papers in peer reviewed journals.

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10 December 2008

The Stigma of Mental Illness: Inevitable or unjustifiable?
Professor Graham Thornicroft

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