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Continuing Stigma

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at June 26, 2014

A great series of articles about the stigma which follows people who try to get assistance within the behavioral healthcare field:

http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2014/06/25/stigma-of-mental-illness/9875351/

“Stigma, a common thread in this series, forces many to live in shame rather than seek support, even as their lives unravel. Yet patients who want help often can’t find it, says Kennedy, who has acknowledged his own struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Stigma even shaped the crafting of the Medicaid law a half-century ago, because Congress didn’t want to ‘waste’ federal money on mental illness, says Ron Manderscheid, executive director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Disability Development Directors. “People were operating under the belief that mental health was a black hole for money,” Manderscheid says.

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