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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.

It is now possible to submit a manuscript online through ScholarOne Manuscript Central.

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Stigma of Mental Illness: Where Can Public Policy Step In?

Interested in learning about where public policy might step in to impact the stigma of mental illness? Here is an interview conducted by Keri Lintz where Pat Corrigan speaks to this issue.

Click here to view the interview.


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

Click here to learn more about the "Is Anyone Listening" program


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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Resources

Please see below a list of resources available for download.  Please note that it may take a few moments once you have initiated the download for the document to become available.   All resources are in PDF or PowerPoint format.

The following resources are currently available on this page: Data Sets (codebooks, protocols, and SPSS data files), Toolkit, Coming Out Proud program, Four Lessons for Mental Health Advocates, SFRT, SCRT, several of Dr. Corrigan's presentations.

Additional resources will be added to this page as they become available.  Please check back often!

 

Please click on a link to jump to a topic:

Data Sets

TLC3 Summary Document

Toolkit

Tools to Strengthen Programs Providing In-Person Presentations that Challenge Mental Illness Stigma

Legislation Codebook

Newspaper Analysis Codebook

California Quality Improvement, Fidelity, Assessment, & Implementation Ratings for Stigma & Discrimination Reduction Programs (the CQI-FAIR) and Platform Skills Fidelity Measure (the PSFM)

Coming Out Proud program

Ten Steps of Evaluating Programs that Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

Four Lessons for Mental Health Advocates

Social Cue Recognition Test

Situational Feature Recognition Test

Presentations by Dr. Corrigan

Important Research from the NCSE

 

 


 

Data Sets

Dr. Corrigan has several large data sets which are available to the public for secondary analyses.  Below are decriptions of the data sets along with relevant codebooks and protocols for download.  If you use this data Dr. Corrigan requests that you acknowledge the funder.  

 

Data Set #1: Consumer Operated Services Project (COSP)

Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (GFA SM-95-01)

Available for Download:

Click here for the SPSS data file (This will download as a .zip file.  The dataset needs to be extracted before opening in SPSS).  

Click here for the COSP Protocol.  

Click here for the COSP Logistics and Procedures Manual.

Click here for the COSP Base Line Data Dictionary. 

Click here for the 4-Month Data Dictionary. 

Click here for the 8-Month Data Dictionary.

Click here for the 12-Month Data Dictionary. 

 

 

Data Set #2: Stigma and Behavioral Health in Urban Employers from China and the US

Funder: NIAAA NIH (R01 AA01842)

Available for Download:

Click here for the SPSS data file (This will download as a .zip file.  The dataset needs to be extracted before opening in SPSS). 

Click here for the questionnaire. 

Click here to visit a page containing a detailed description of the study as well as names of those affiliated with the project and related publications. 

 

Data Set #3: Humor and Attitudes about Mental Illness

Funder: NIH

Available for Download:

Click here for the SPSS data file (This will download as a .zip file.  The dataset needs to be extracted before opening in SPSS).

Click here for the Humor Study codebook.

 

Data Set #4: Direct to Consumer Advertising (DTCA)

Funder: NIH

Available for Download:

Click here for the SPSS data file (This will download as a .zip file.  The dataset needs to be extracted before opening in SPSS).

Click here for the DTCA codebook.

 

Data Set #5: Unconscious Thought Theory (UTT)

Funder: NIH

Available for Download:

Click here for the SPSS data file (This will download as a .zip file.  The dataset needs to be extracted before opening in SPSS).

Click here for the UTT codebook.

  


  

TLC3 Summary Document

Strategic Stigma Change: Five Principles for Social Marketing Campaigns

Meant to Erase the Prejudice and Discrimination of Mental Illness

Click here to download a document summarizing the five key principles of Strategic Stigma Change. 

  


 

Toolkit

This toolkit is meant for people who want to erase the stigma of mental illness.  Advocates are prominent and include people with mental illness, family members, and other groups.  One goal is to make the evaluation process more accessible to those without research training.  But a second group for whom this monograph is meant is researchers, especially those in the social sciences.  This Toolkit is meant to provide a common language and a set of measures that help advocates and researchers sit at the same table to discuss measuring stigma change.

Available in more languages.  Click here for more information.

Please click here to download the toolkit.

Please keep in mind that small changes have been made to the toolkit over time and so any version used should be carefully reviewed for possible errors.

  


  

Tools to Strengthen Programs Providing In-Person Presentations that Challenge Mental Illness Stigma

NCSE is a research partner in a grant-funded project to develop a California based Training and Technical Assistance Research and Evaluation center. The Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Stigma Elimination is housed at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. The center’s user-friendly resources can help program leaders, coordinators, and presenters strengthen capacity and improve community impact. Resources were designed to help individuals and programs develop and/or improve in-person presentations aimed at challenging mental illness stigma.

Available resources were developed for the following specific areas: program design, targeting, staffing, messaging, and follow-up/evaluation.

  1. Program Design: logistics and operational concerns necessary to implement the program.
  2. Targeting: identifying groups for whom individual presentations are crafted such as landlords, employers, and educators.
  3. Staffing: those who develop, present and sustain the program.
  4. Messaging: the content of presenters’ stories.
  5. Follow-up/evaluation: efforts to assess stigma change over time and cement anti-stigma progress.

For access to these free resources please visit: http://dignityandrecoverycenter.org/tool_type/messaging/

 


  

Legislation Codebook

The Legislation Codebook includes 18 variables intended to describe a specific legislative act in which metal illness is addressed or in which the rights people with a mental illness are impacted.  Variables include the state in which the bill was introduced, the bill identification number, a brief summary of how the bill is related to mental illness, the date it was introduced, if the bill falls into a particular category, the sponsor of the bill, and the bill’s current stage in the legislative process. Additional variables address the bill’s impact on liberties, available resources, protections, and privacy of persons with a mental illness as well as if the bill effects liberties and protections based on current disability due to mental illness, diagnoses of mental illness, or hospitalization due to mental illness.

Please click here to download the Legislation Codebook.

 


  

Newspaper Analysis Codebook 

The Newspaper Analysis Codebook includes 49 variables intended to describe a newspaper article in which metal illness is the primary or secondary theme.  Variables include name, state, circulation, ownership, date, day of the week, section and page number of the newspaper in which the article was published, information about the reporter, geographic focus of the article, as well as detailed information about the language used, and themes represented in the article.

Please click here to download the Newspaper Analysis Codebook.

 


 

California Quality Improvement, Fidelity, Assessment, & Implementation Ratings for Stigma & Discrimination Reduction Programs (the CQI-FAIR) and Platform Skills Fidelity Measure (the PSFM)

The National Consortium of Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE), and the Center for Dignity, Recovery, & Stigma Elimination have undertaken a project to specify the key ingredients of effective mental illness stigma change programs.  The importance of this project is to strengthen in-person stigma change programs to reduce stigma and promote community improvement to reduce mental illness stigma.  From this data, we produced the California Quality Improvement, Fidelity, Assessment, & Implementation Ratings for Stigma & Discrimination Reduction Programs (the CQI-FAIR).  The instrument helps stigma change programs compare their program to evidence-based best practices of in-person stigma change presentations. It can be used to highlight areas of strength and areas for improvement. 

We created an instrument entitled the Platform Skills Fidelity Measure (the PSFM).  Platform skills refer to communication abilities that a presenter employs when addressing an audience.  This instrument allows evaluation of up to five presenters on their presentation’s delivery, message(s), impact(s), and quality. This instrument allows a stigma change program to measure and compare their program to evidence-based best practices of in-person stigma change presentations.  It can be used to highlight areas of strength and areas for possible improvement.  Overall, the PSFM allows programs to systematically and objectively evaluate and refine presentations.

For information on how to use these tools, download the User Guide.

  


  

Coming Out Proud program

Self-stigma is one of the egregious impacts of mental illness stigma, a diminished sense of self-esteem and self-efficacy leading to a “why try” effect in many people: “why try get a regular job, someone like me doesn’t deserve it.” Recently, innovative programs have emerged to challenge self-stigma, programs based in part on psychoeducation and cognitive reframing skills meant to challenge stigmatizing self-statements. An interesting result has emerged out of research by our group that informs an alternative program for dealing with self-stigma: the Coming Out Proud program (COPp). Research shows those who have disclosed aspects of their mental illness frequently report a sense of personal empowerment that enhances self-esteem and promotes confidence to seek and achieve individual goals. In this light, a group of people with lived experience and stigma researchers developed the Coming Out Proud program, now being used in beta research in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. COPp is a three-session group program run usually by pairs of trained leaders with lived experiences. COPp has a comprehensive, user-friendly manual; step-by-step workbook and corresponding worksheets; fidelity measure; and leader training program which can be obtained from NCSE1.ORG. The three lessons include:

1. Considering the Pros and Cons of Disclosing:

  1. My identity and mental illness.
  2. Secrets are part of life.
  3. Weighing the costs and benefits of disclosing.

2. Different ways to Disclose:

  1. Five ways to come out.
  2. Testing a person for disclosure.
  3. How might others respond to my disclosure?

3. Telling your Story:

  1. How to tell a personally meaningful story.
  2. Who are peers that might help me with coming out?
  3. Review how telling my story felt.
  4. Putting it all together to move forward.

The program is designed to aid in the facilitation of disclosure of certain aspects of lived experience with the objective of reducing the self-stigma associated with mental illness.

Click here to download the COPp Manual.

Click here to download the COPp Workbook.

Click here to download the COPp Workbook Fidelity Measure.

 

Testing the Efficacy of the Coming Out Proud Program: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Approximately 100 individuals with the lived experience of mental illness will be recruited to participate in the trial. After a brief phone screening, potential participants will be fully informed of the study and if interested, informed consent will be obtained. Participants will then be randomized to either the COPp (intervention group) or be wait-listed for the program (control group). For those in the COPp group, the program will be provided at a time and place convenient to participants, usually three days or nights within a single week. The program will be facilitated by two trained leaders with lived experience, in groups of approximately 6-10 participants. During this time, facilitators will thoroughly cover each lesson of the COPp program workbook (one lesson per each session). Participants in both the control and intervention groups will be administered measures at baseline (one week window before starting COPp or the control), post-test (one week window after COPp or the control) and follow-up (one month after COPp or control). Measures will include standardized instruments that assess self-stigma, disclosure, personal empowerment, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and recovery. The protocol aims to determine if the COPp reduces secrecy- and disclosure-related distress, self-stigma, shame, secrecy, social withdrawal, stigma-related stress and stigma as a barrier to seek help as compared to the control group. Additionally, it aims to determine if the intervention increases empowerment, self-esteem, disclosure-related self-efficacy and quality of life as compared to the control group.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Jon Larson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


 

User-Friendly GUIDE 

of the Ten Steps of Evaluating Programs that Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

Please click here to download the Guide Book. 

  


 

Four Lessons for Mental Health Advocates

 

Click here to download the PDF of Four Lessons for Mental Health Advocates.

  


  

Social Cue Recognition Test

This tool includes an accompanying video component.  In order to obtain a copy of the video, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it indicating that you are requesting a copy of the SCRT video.  Please provide your full name and the address to which you would like your video delivered.  Please send payment in the amount of $10.00 in the form of a cashier's check or money order made out to "the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment" to the following address:

Attention: Patrick Corrigan
The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment
Illinois Institute of Technology
Institute of Psychology
3424 S. State Street
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60616

Once payment is received, a DVD will be mailed to the address provided.  Thank you!

Downloadable components:

SCRT-Full: Click here to download.

SCRT Score Sheets: Click here to download.

SCRT Summary Score: Click here to download.

  


  

Situational Feature Recognition Test

 

Click here to download the SFRT.

Click here to download the scoring for the SFRT.

 


 

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Make the Connection is a campaign meant to tear down the stigma that dissuades America’s veterans from seeking out the services that will help promote their psychological health and quality of life.  It was completed in partnership with Reingold, Inc through support from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  


  

Presentations by Dr. Corrigan:

Tony Cerenzia Research Lecture (London, Ontario, May 13, 2009):

"A Workshop on Stigma and Stigma Change"

Click here to download slide 1-50.

Click here to download slide 51-112.

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Department of Defense Task Force for the Prevention of Suicide (May 11, 2010):

“Mitigating stigma and barriers to care”

Click here to download this presentation.

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Partnership for Mental Health- A Conference on Academic-Public Collaborations for Research on Mental Health Recovery and Wellness (UCLA DMH, May 21, 2010):

"Changing Stigma: Where and What is the Evidence?"

Click here to download slide 1-40.

Click here to download slide 41-82.

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Georgia Grand Rounds (May 13-14, 2010):

"Don't Call Me Nuts! Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Illness"

Click here to download slide 1-40.

Click here to download slide 41-87.

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Jerusalem 2010:

"Changing Stigma to Promote Recovery and Empowerment"

A Presentation by Dr. Patrick Corrigan

Jerusalem

June 2010

This is a very large presentation, and therefore slides had to be separated into smaller files in order to upload them to this site.  Please download the PowerPoint files below and cut and paste into a single presentation in order.  Thank you!

Click here to download slides 1-10.

Click here to download slides 11-15.

Click here to download slides 16-61.

Click here to download slides 62-132.

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ISPRA Plenary Presentation:

Click here to download slides 1-30.

Click here to download slides 31-112.

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Oakland Presentation:

Click here to download slides 1 - 40.

Click here to download slides 41 - 83. 

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San Diego Presentation

February 23, 2011

Family and Youth Roundtable

"Improving Services for Children and Families: Stigma = Discrimination and Disparities”:

Click here to dowload slides 1-33.

Click here to download slide 34-67. 

Click here to dowload slides 68-103.

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MDSG Presentation, New York

April 26, 2014

Click here to download Powerpoint slides

 

 


 

Important Research from the NCSE  

Since 2000, investigators of the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment have been working with advocates to examine strategies for eradicating the stigma of mental illness, replacing it with affirming attitudes and behavior that reflect recovery and self-determination. Funded continuously by NIMH, NCSE has conducted more than 50 studies yielding more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. In the past year, four have emerged with especially important findings and conclusions. These are reviewed here