Mental Health Stigma Reduction in the Midwestern United States: Evidence from a Digital Campaign Using a Collective Impact Model

Fatma Diouf, Breniel Lemley, Chelsea Barth, Jaclyn Goldbarg, Sheena Helgenberger, Brandon Grimm, Ellen Wartella, Joe Smyser, Erika Bonnevie

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Addressing mental stigma is a key component of improving mental health outcomes. A digital media campaign was implemented to reduce mental health stigma in the Omaha Metropolitan area. The campaign used evidence-based approaches within a collective impact framework. Two surveys were conducted at baseline and at 10-month follow-up to evaluate the campaign within the Omaha and Council Bluffs intervention region, and a control region in Iowa. Analysis revealed significant improvements in desires for social distance and perceptions toward treatment efficacy within the intervention group. Improvements were seen across measures of personal and community attitudes towards mental health conditions, confidence in supporting others, and likelihood of disclosing a mental health condition. The trends were generally not replicated within the control group. Respondents who were aware of the campaign showed fewer stigmatizing views, including lower desires for social distance, improved attitudes toward treatment, and significant improvements in providing support and caring for their own mental health. The results suggest that the implemented evidenced-based approach could potentially create positive shifts in stigma reduction. This evaluation further supports the potential for scaling and adapting digital media campaigns for stigma reduction in different geographic locations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-931
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Collective impact
  • Digital media campaigns
  • Health communications
  • Mental health stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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