“It is time to end all forms of stigma and discrimination against people with mental health conditions, for whom there is double jeopardy: the impact of the primary condition and the severe consequences of stigma. Indeed, many people describe stigma as being worse than the condition itself. This Lancet Commission report is the result of a collaboration of more than 50 people worldwide.
It brings together evidence and experience of the impact of stigma and discrimination and successful interventions for stigma reduction. We include material that brings alive the voices of people with lived experience of mental health conditions (PWLE).
This is right in principle because we agree with the view of nothing about us without us. It is right in practice because the evidence summarised in this report shows that PWLE are the key change agents for stigma reduction. For these reasons, this report has been co-produced by people who have such lived experience and others who do not. Their voices whisper, speak, and shout in the poems, testimonies, and quotations.”