Stigma consists of not only derogatory words or the use of negative labels; it is disrespectful to the individual who is diagnosed with a mental illness.

Stigma consists of not only derogatory words or the use of negative labels; it is disrespectful to the individual who is diagnosed with a mental illness. Stigma leads some individuals to avoid employing or living, working, or socializing with people who are known to have a mental disorder. It reduces an individual’s opportunities and access to resources such as housing and employment. Also, it leads to low self-esteem, hopelessness and isolation. Moreover, stigma deters society from participating in taking an active role in the care and cost of treatment for those with mental illnesses.