Countries with Local Action Groups
In 1996, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) embarked on an International
Programme to Fight the Stigma and Discrimination because of Schizophrenia.
The WPA International Programme is designed
to dispel the myths and misunderstandings surrounding schizophrenia. Stigma
creates a vicious cycle of alienation and discrimination which can lead
to social isolation, inability to work, alcohol or drug abuse, homelessness,
or excessive institutionalization, all of which decrease the chance of
recovery. The programme will fight the prejudice in all walks of life
because it diminishes the quality of life of people with schizophrenia
and their families and prevents them from living and working among us.
The WPA programme is designed to:
- Increase the awareness and knowledge of the nature of schizophrenia
and treatment options;
- Improve public attitudes about those who have or have had schizophrenia
and their families;
- Generate action to eliminate discrimination and prejudice.