Stigma is one of the biggest obstacles for people with a mental illness. Stigma can, for example, delay the start of treatment, and create difficulties in interpersonal and professional relationships.
Discrimination against people with schizophrenia can occur when they try to make or maintain friendships, look for a job, or maintain intimate or sexual relations. Moreover, discrimination often comes from members of their own family.
By adopting a positive attitude toward people with mental illness, family, friends, employers and other members of the community offer hope for a better quality of life.