Stigma – which involves labeling, stereotyping, and discriminating – is a major barrier to mental health help-seeking, treatment engagement, and full inclusion in society. Recent research demonstrates that mental health stigma is on the rise toward people with psychosis-spectrum experiences (e.g., hallucinations, delusions). This webinar will discuss how young people who have psychosis-spectrum experiences, and are just forming their identities, may be particularly vulnerable to the deleterious effects of this stigma. The presenter will also cover practical tools and resources, including assessment, communication, and treatment strategies.
- Conceptualize and define stigma
- Understand the unique impact of stigma on youth at psychosis-risk or who have psychotic-like experiences
- Discuss efforts to combat this stigma
Joseph DeLuca, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Fairfield University (and voluntary faculty member at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) who specializes in psychosis-risk and the early stages of psychosis.