The Influence of Stigma on People with Mental Illness


  • Minhang Li University of Sydney, Sydney, Haymarket 2007 NSW, Australia



People with mental illness have not only struggled with the psychological and physical symptoms of the disease but also suffered from social discrimination and prejudice. [1] This article expresses the negative impact of mental illness stigma on the stigmatized group through the study of previous literature. The purpose of this article is to improve the public’s stereotypes and prejudices of people with mental illness, so as to provide a basis for researchers to identify effective de-stigmatization strategies.


Mental illness stigma, Misunderstanding, Stereotype, Mental health, Stigmatized groups


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How to Cite

Li, M. (2020). The Influence of Stigma on People with Mental Illness. Journal of Psychological Research, 2(4), 7–9.


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