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Beating the Stigma of Mental Illness

1:00pm - February 10, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2021
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The Stigma Effect describes a conundrum where good-intentioned behavioral approaches to a social problem actually lead to worse effects. Research on stigma change may find itself at this point. Advocates have developed and implemented multiple approaches to changing stigma; might some of these be shown to have a more beneficial impact than others? This presentation examines both the benefits and the negative unintended consequences of stigma change programs, considering the effects of education versus contact on the stigma of mental illness. 

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify the structures and types of stigma as they relate to the target in order to assess the damaging effects on the individual and the group
  • Compare the processes of enforcing stigma change and demonstrate the effectiveness of each technique
  • Describe the curriculum of the Honest Open Proud program and identify its aim to combat the self-stigma associated with mental illness


Patrick Corrigan is a Distinguished Professor and Associate Chairperson for Research in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Tech. Previously, he was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, where he directed its Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Patrick is the Institute of Translational Medicine's Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) Affiliate Leader. He is the principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment, a collaboration of investigators and advocates from more than a dozen institutions. NCSE research has been supported by NIH for more than 20 years. He also heads projects examining integrated primary and behavioral health care in a health disparities framework, supported by PCORI and NIMHD. He has written more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, is editor emeritus of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and editor of a new journal published by the American Psychological Association, Stigma, and Health. Corrigan has authored or edited seventeen books, most recently, The Stigma Effect published by Columbia University Press. He also headed the team that developed the Honest, Open, Proud series of anti-stigma programs. He was a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Medal from the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his work.