Journal Article

Stigma and discrimination as a barrier to mental health service utilization in India

Rahul Shidhaye and Michelle Kermode

in International Health

Published on behalf of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Volume 5, issue 1, pages 6-8
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1876-3413
Published online March 2013 | e-ISSN: 1876-3405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihs011
Stigma and discrimination as a barrier to mental health service utilization in India

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Stigma towards, and discrimination against, people with mental disorders is an important barrier to mental health service utilization in India. It contributes to delays in seeking care, impedes timely diagnosis and treatment for mental disorders, serves as an impediment to recovery and rehabilitation, and ultimately reduces the opportunity for fuller participation in life. In India there is a need to generate evidence base for context specific interventions that will address negative attitudes towards people with mental disorders and ensure implementation of these interventions by involving users, care-givers, community health workers and mental health service providers.

Keywords: Stigma; Social distance; Social contact; Help-seeking behaviour; Service utilization; India

Journal Article.  1330 words. 

Subjects: Community Medical Services

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