Guidelines for Stigma Reduction

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A toolkit for evaluating programs meant to erase the stigma of mental illness

This toolkit provides measures to help advocates examine the impact of anti-stigma approaches at the local level.  It distinguishes the stigma of mental illness into three groups: public stigma, self-stigma, and label avoidance. The toolkit outlines aims to help advocates evaluate their efforts in an accessible way, while also providing a common language and set of measures for advocates and researchers to discuss measuring stigma change.

Evaluation Planning, Stigma Reduction, Mental Health Care

Anti Stigma Programme European Network (ASPEN)

The Anti Stigma Programme European Network (ASPEN) aims to make a significant contribution towards the reduction of stigma and discrimination against people with depression.  Their website includes findings from stigma research, a best practices toolkit, example campaigns, and other resources and materials to help guide your efforts to eradicate stigma.

Stigma Reduction

Beat the stigma and discrimination! Four lessons for mental health advocates

This handbook provides four lessons for mental health advocates working to eliminate stigma and discrimination in mental health; including: understanding the problem, identifying the target, selecting change strategies, and measuring your impact.

Stigma Reduction, Mental Health Care

Culture and ethnicity in mental illness stigma: A literature review

This 2013 literature review was conducted by the Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment as part of its Promising Practices Program (PPP). This program aims to identify activities and/or practices that have a particular promise to reduce mental illness stigma and discrimination within the context of specific cultural, ethnic, and racial community programs. Results from the literature review are broken down into the four major ethnic/cultural group determined by the scope of the PPP project: African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and Native Americans. 

Culturally Specific Messaging, Stigma Reduction

The ASPEN project: Challenging stigma and discrimination against people with depression: Best practice guidelines, values, and resources

This guide will help you to develop projects and campaigns to reduce stigma and discrimination, drawing upon international evidence and experiences. It is aimed at frontline workers in campaigns, non-governmental organizations (NGO), service users, community activists and public health practitioners. It will help you to advocate, plan, deliver and evaluate programs to combat stigma in your setting. 

Stigma Reduction