Online Program

Impact of Disclosure on Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago,, IL
Self-stigma negatively impacts a person’s health by creating or worsening symptoms of psychiatric disorders, undermining physical functioning through feelings of unworthiness, and diminishing seeking out or full engagement in care. This presentation will describe the evidence base and program design for a disclosure based stigma reduction intervention, “Coming Out Proud.” 

 “Coming Out Proud” is a three-session program led by trained facilitators with mental illness who help participants consider the risks and benefits of disclosing their mental illness diagnosis and help them craft their own stories for possible disclosure in a safe environment.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe self-stigma and its deleterious consequences. Describe the three components of the “Coming Out Proud” Intervention. Describe the impact of the “Coming Out Proud”on regressive stages of self-stigma.

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I have served as principal investigator on multiple federal grants over the past 15 years in which I, along with others from the National Consortium of Stigma and Empowerment, have researched and developed anti-stigma programs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.