Mental health stigmas give rise to discrimination. Discrimination results in the unfair treatment of people with mental health disorders. It can take on many forms and these include:
- Direct discrimination
- Discriminating against disability
- Indirect discrimination
- Harassment and Victimization
“People with mental illness know that if they come out of the closet, if they’re seen with a doctor, the public will discriminate against them.” Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD said in an interview.
Regardless of the form the discrimination takes, the result and impact are the same. They deny people access to services, employment, housing and mental health treatment due to social and cultural stigmas. In some instances, this discrimination takes on the form of harassment, violence, and victimization. As a result, people are often denied their basic human rights.