What is Stigma?
Stigma is the use of negative labels to identify a person living with mental illness. Stigma is a barrier and discourages individuals and their families from receiving the help they need due to the fear of being discriminated against.
An estimated 50 million Americans experience a mental disorder in any given year and only one-fourth of them actually receive mental health and other services. Stigma is a large part of why these people do not seek the help they need.