The purpose of this Introduction to Success Stories is to begin a much-needed conversation on a crucial issue in the lives of people with mental illnesses. The most effective way of countering stigma and discrimination is interpersonal contact. If individuals who receive mental health services are encouraged to share their experiences, particularly one’s mental health issues, it can be enormously helpful and can make the road so much easier for those who are about to tell their stories to a relative, neighbor, friend, colleague, or employer.
“A bold but necessary move, self-disclosure is a first step toward successfully addressing the stigma associated with being mentally ill.”
–Steele and Berman, 2001