How do unfair stereotypes and discrimination affect people with mental illness?

Negative stereotypes and unfair beliefs about mental illness can produce public shaming, prejudicial, and discriminatory behaviors toward individuals including avoidance and segregation, withholding help, and creating barriers to housing and work opportunities. When individuals with a mental illness internalize those dehumanizing behaviors, it can intensify their feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, and low self-worth. As a result, too many people with a treatable mental illness withdraw socially or conceal their condition until they are in crisis and emergency intervention is needed.