Honest, Open, Proud for Reducing Mental Illness Stigma
In partnership with other Chicago-area colleges and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, our lab is assessing the effectiveness of a peer-led intervention program to reduce self-stigma among college students who identify as struggling with mental illness. The intervention -- conducted over 4 sessions in a small-group format -- emphasizes empowering students to make disclosure decisions about their mental illness. Participants in the intervention and control group complete measures on self-stigma, stigma-related stress, empowerment, symptoms of depression and anxiety, relationship satisfaction, and institutional attachment before, during and after the intervention. Data will be combined across multiple study sites.