" Stigmatization of people with mental disorders is manifested by bias, distrust, stereotyping, fear, embarrassment, anger and avoidance. Stigma leads people to avoid others with mental disorders. It reduces access to resources and leads to low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness. It deters the public from seeking and wanting to pay for care. Stigma results in discrimination...More tragically, it deprives people of their dignity and interferes with their full participation in society."
US Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher