Published online Mar 19, 2021. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v11.i3.63
Peer-review started: December 20, 2020
First decision: January 7, 2021
Revised: January 14, 2021
Accepted: February 26, 2021
Article in press: February 26, 2021
Published online: March 19, 2021
Core Tip: The article explores the experiences of stigma and discrimination experienced by a person with lived experience of mental ill-health. It explores how both public stigma and self-stigma can shatter fragile confidence and impact negatively on both self-efficacy and self-esteem. Connections with the importance of empowerment and recovery in mental health are considered, and how they can overcome the sense of shame and self-pity experienced by people with mental ill-health who encounter social bullying by peers in their community.