Reducing stigma and discrimination against older people with mental disorders: a technical consensus statement


  • This technical consensus statement is also available at and is not a formal publication of the World Health Organization. All rights are reserved by the Organization. The document may, however, be freely reviewed, abstracted, reproduced or translated, in part or in whole, but not for sale or for use in conjunction with commercial purposes. © World Health Organization and World Psychiatric Association 2002.


This technical consensus statement is jointly produced by the Old Age Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization, with the collaboration of several NGOs and the participation of experts from different Regions.

It is intended to be a tool for (i) promoting debate at all levels on the stigmatisation of older people with mental disorders; (ii) outlining the nature, causes and consequences of this stigmatisation; and (iii) promoting and suggesting policies, programmes and actions to combat this stigmatisation. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.