Despite progress, mental illness stigma persists

Just like overcoming any other implicit bias like racism or sexism, overcoming biases against people with mental illnesses requires a lot of work. Campaigns that aim to disprove myths about mental illness are a good start; these efforts lay out the facts, probe the public to examine their own biases and––perhaps most importantly––get people talking. But it is one thing to make a Facebook status about ending stigma or agreeing that yes, stigma is bad and based on incorrect stereotypes. It is another thing to put those beliefs into action.

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