Interventions Targeting Mental Health Self-Stigma: A Review and Comparison

Philip T. Yanos, Alicia Lucksted, Amy L. Drapalski, David Roe, Paul Lysaker

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With growing awareness of the impact of mental illness self-stigma, interest has arisen in the development of interventions to combat it. The present article briefly reviews and compares interventions targeting self-stigma to clarify the similarities and important differences between the interventions. Method: We conducted a narrative review of published literature on interventions targeting self-stigma. Results: Six intervention approaches (Healthy Self-Concept, Self-Stigma Reduction Program, Ending Self-Stigma, Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy, Coming Out Proud, and Anti-Stigma Photo-Voice Intervention) were identified and are discussed, and data is reviewed on format, groupleader backgrounds, languages, number of sessions, primary mechanisms of action, and the current state of data on their efficacy. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: We conclude with a discussion of common elements and important distinctions between the interventions and a consideration of which interventions might be best suited to particular populations or settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2015

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  • Severe mental illness
  • interventions
  • self-stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)


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