Are you letting anxiety stigma get in the way of recovery?

Research shows that the stigma surrounding anxiety may be just as challenging to manage as the symptoms themselves. The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE), a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded center comprised of more than 12 research institution partners has been grappling with this issue and the broader subject of mental illness stigma for the past 15 years.

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Disseminate your research through the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation!

The American Journal for Psychiatric Rehabilitation features peer-reviewed original articles on topics related to psychiatric rehabilitation that substantially increase current knowledge in the field.

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Each Mind Matters

Each Mind Matters is sponsoring the 7th Annual Together Against Stigma Conference

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Innovative Youth Anti-Stigma Program by Wisconsin Family Ties

In collaboration with hip-hop group the Figureheads, non-profit organization Wisconsin Family Ties has developed a musical-based anti-stigma curriculum for distribution in schools and other youth organizations

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2015 Together Against Stigma Conference

Join us in preparing for the highly anticipated "Together Against Stigma: Each Mind Matters Conference" taking place Feb. 17-20th in San Francisco, CA!!

2015 Together Against Stigma Announcement



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Abigail Wassel

 

As an undergraduate, Abby found she had a passion for the relationship between neurological functioning and intra/interpersonal behavior.  She found the biochemical and structural functioning of the brain fascinating, and longed to learn more about how these aspects were related to emotional wellbeing.  This led to a degree in neuroscience and her enrollment at IIT in the Clinical Psychology program with a Rehabilitation Specialization.

While at IIT, Abby learned a vast amount about physical and psychological disabilities through classes and clinical externships.  This led to an interest in improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities, specifically serious mental illness.  Abby was able to work with Dr. Corrigan and her colleagues on several projects that investigated the impact of mental illness stigma on various factors, including quality of life.  She also collaborated with Dr. Corrigan and lab members on projects aimed to better understand stigma.  

Through her volunteer involvement at a warming center for homeless individuals, Abby had the privilege to meet many individuals who have been affected by stigma.  Abby's goal has become to decrease stigma in the homeless, and to understand how it interacts with social contact in impacting service utilization.  Her professional goal is to use her clinical and research skills to provide better treatment to the homeless and mentally ill populations.

 

Publications:

Corrigan, P. W., Larson, J. E., Hautamaki, J., Matthews, A., Kuwabara, S., Rafacz, J., Walton, J., Wassel, A., & O’Shaughnessy, J. (2009). What lessons do coming out as gay men or lesbians have for people stigmatized by mental illness? Community Mental Health Journal, 45(5), 366-374.

 

Corrigan, P. W., & Wassel, A. (2008). Understanding and influencing the stigma of mental illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 46,1, 42-48.

 

Corrigan, P.W., Wassel, A., & Rafacz, J. (2008). An evidence-based approach to psychiatric rehabilitation.  In L. L’Abate (Ed.), Toward a science of clinical psychology: Laboratory evaluations and interventions. Hauppagauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

 

Van Voorhees, B. W., Fogel, J., Reinecke, M. A., Gladstone, T., Stuart, S., Gollan, J., Bradford, N., Domanico, R., Fagan, B., Ross, R., Larson, J., Watson, N., Paunesku, D., Melkonian, S., Kuwabara, S., Holper, T., Shank, N., Saner, D., Butler, A., Chandler, A., Louie, T., Weinstein, C., Collins, S., Baldwin, M., Wassel, A., Vanderplough-Booth, K., Humensky, J., & Bell, C. (2009). Randomized clinical trial of an internet-based depression prevention program for adolescents (Project CATCH-IT) in primary care: 12-week outcomes. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30(1), 23-37.

 

Van Voorhees, B. W., Vanderplough-Booth, K., Fogel, J., Gladstone, T., Bell, C., Stuart, S., Gollan, J., Bradford, N., Domanico, R., Fagan, B., Ross, R., Larson, J., Watson, N., Paunesku, D., Melkonian, S., Kuwabara, S., Holper, T., Shank, N., Saner, D., Butler, A., Chandler, A., Louie, T., Weinstein, C., Collins, S., Baldwin, M., Wassel, A., & Reinecke, M. A. (2008). Integrative internet-based depression   prevention for adolescents: A randomized clinical trial in primary care for   vulnerability and protective factors. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 17, 4, 184-196.

 

Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Wassel, A., Michaels, P., Larson, J. E., Olschewski, M., Wilkniss, S., & Batia, K. (2009). Self-stigma, group identification, perceived legitimacy of discrimination and mental health service use. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195(6), 551-552.

 

Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Wassel, A., Michaels, P., Olschewski, M., Wilkniss, S., & Batia, K. (2009). A stress-coping model of mental illness stigma: I. Predictors of cognitive stress appraisal. Schizophrenia Research, 110(1-3), 59-64.

 

Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Wassel, A., Michaels, P., Olschewski, M., Wilkniss, S., & Batia, K. (2009). Ingroup perception and responses to stigma among persons    with mental illness. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 120(4), 320-328.

 

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