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Stigma and Mental Illness

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The Stigma Section of the World Psychiatric Association—through its network of international members--engages in scholarly, scientific, and public health activities designed to reduce prejudice and discrimination because of mental disorders and improve social inclusion for people with mental illness and their families. More specifically the Stigma Section:

  1. Disseminates information about stigma and discrimination because of mental disorders through academic and technical publications, and through symposia and courses offered at WPA regional meetings and congresses.

  2. Advances scientific knowledge about stigma through collaborative research and evaluation and;

  3. Provides training opportunities to support the development of effective programs to fight stigma and discrimination because of mental disorders.

Section members


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Norman Sartorius

Address: Association fort he Improvement of Mental health Programmes,
14 chemin Colladon,
1209 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 79 220 0657



Nicolas Rüsch

Address: Section Public Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry II, Ulm University
Parkstraße 11
89073 Ulm, Germany

Phone: +49 731 500-62300


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Graham Thornicroft

Professor of Community Psychiatry, Health Service and Population Research Department
Address:  Health Service and Population Research Department, King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London,  SE5 8AF 
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 0736
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7277 1462



Heather Stuart

Address: Room 324 Abramsky Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada
Phone: +1 613 540 4767

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>> Please click here to see the Section Members' publications list

Upcoming Section Activities

Save the Date

Together Against Stigma: Evidence and Action (Webinar)

When: 16th November 2022

Time: 9:30 to 1:30 AM EST / 15.30 to 19.30 CET

More information about the webinar and registration details can be found here.

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