Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Rehabilitation Counseling


Upton, Thomas


Many people in the United States are affected by mental health conditions. Mental health stigma is a social problem characterized by negative representation in the media, numerous barriers to obtaining treatment, and feelings of shame for those affected by a mental health disorder. While there is evidence of positive outcomes to some anti-stigma campaigns, there has been a failure for these programs to become widespread, covering all parts of American society. This paper has been created to present recommendations for widespread initiatives at the federal and state level. Recommendations for training and sensitivity programs targeting places of employment and schools, along with alteration of perceptions of people with mental illness in the media have been made. This topic and resulting recommendations may pave the path to reduce the severity and madness of mental health stigma in society.