Erasing stigma needed in mental health care

Family, community attitudes deter depressed, suicidal people from getting effective help

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SHAME GAME  Close ties among residents of one affluent town have led to intense pressures for kids to achieve and keep emotional troubles to themselves, contributing to a recent string of suicides, researchers say. Stigma that discourages help-seeking also arises in the families of many depressed individuals, other scientists find.

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