Negative attitudes or discrimination against someone based on a distinguishing characteristic such as a mental illness, health condition, or disability. 1
Barrier to perinatal mental health care.
Barrier to perinatal mental health care
Stigma is a barrier to perinatal mental health care.
"Oh well, I think there’s plenty, I mean I think there’s a huge stigma about feeling depressed particularly postnatal depression."
Evidence level: High
Parts of the care pathway affected: Decision to consult, Assessment, Decision to disclose, Referral, Access to treatment, Provision of optimal treatment, Women’s experience of treatment.
Research suggests public mental health campaigns can increase knowledge about mental illness and improve attitudes about people with mental illness. 2
A UK based example was Time to Change: