Mental illness stigma research in Argentina

Martin Agrest, Franco Mascayano, Sara Elena Ardila-Gómez, Ariel Abeldaño, Ruth Fernandez, Norma Geffner, Eduardo Adrian Leiderman, Ezra S. Susser, Eliecer Valencia, Lawrence Hsin Yang, Virginia Zalazar, Gustavo Lipovetzky

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Abstract

Studies regarding stigma towards mental illness in Argentina blossomed after the first National Mental Health Law was passed in 2010. Methodological limitations and contradictory results regarding community perceptions of stigma hinder comparisons across domestic and international contexts but some lessons may still be gleaned. We examine this research and derive recommendations for future research and actions to reduce stigma. These include tackling culture-specific aspects of stigma, increasing education of the general population, making more community-based services available and exposing mental health professionals to people with mental illness who are on community paths to recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-88
Number of pages3
JournalBJPsych International
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Agrest, M., Mascayano, F., Ardila-Gómez, S. E., Abeldaño, A., Fernandez, R., Geffner, N., Leiderman, E. A., Susser, E. S., Valencia, E., Yang, L. H., Zalazar, V., & Lipovetzky, G. (2015). Mental illness stigma research in Argentina. BJPsych International, 12(4), 86-88. https://doi.org/10.1192/S2056474000000623