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Internalized (or self) stigma is a harmful effect of the societal stigmatization of mental health problems. Experiencing stigma can cause people to absorb these stereotypes into their beliefs about themselves. This interferes greatly with their morale, wellness, recovery and treatment.
What is Ending Self Stigma (ESS)?
Ending Self Stigma (ESS) is a 9 session group program designed to help people experiencing mental health problems to resist internalized stigma and its harmful effects, through practical personalized strategies.
It is designed to be delivered in 9 weekly 75-90 minute sessions, by one or two mental health provider and/or peer facilitators. It is most appropriate for psychosocial rehabilitation programs, VA PRRCs, mental health clinics, mental health consumer-run centers, and similar settings.
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