Reducing “Self-Stigma”

A study uses something called Narrative Enhancement Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address internalized stigma for people with mental illness.

The intervention is aimed at giving people with a mental illness the necessary tools to cope with the “invisible” barrier to social inclusion – self-stigma.  [The study] showed that those who participated in the intervention exhibited a reduced self-stigma and, in parallel, an increase in quality of life and self-esteem.