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As a consequence, in most societies and cultures throughout human history, certain groups have been susceptible to stigmatisation.
For many years, people have talked about mental health problems as a taboo subject because of the culture of discrimination and stigmatisation attributed to the condition.
It is ignorance which creates this level of stigmatisation, and the ignorance displayed even within the Sri Lankan health services is deeply alarming.
Nevertheless, they pointed out that many men would be unlikely to admit to having a problem and would blame the woman because of the degree of stigmatisation, verbal abuse and loss of social status experienced by infertile men.
Chief Angus Chukuemeka, vice chairman of the Granby Toxteth Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), said: ``If investors perceive us positively and work with the community against postcode stigmatisation it would make a lot of difference to the area.
In this hate-fighting climate, we must adopt a responsible attitude refusing the stigmatisation of any community.
For the consequences of social exclusion, discrimination and stigmatisation are dramatic: social disadvantage is widespread and reduces the chances of equal access to education, employment, medical care and accommodation.
She said: "In recompense for their appalling treatment and stigmatisation of mental health sufferers, at the very least these large retail outlets should invite mental health voluntary organisations into their stores to raise funds and speak to customers and staff.
They also stated that due to cultural reasons, many prefer to remain in hiding, fearing stigmatisation by members of their own family or from within the community.
Criminalising people who use drugs leads to greater social exclusion and stigmatisation making it much more difficult for them to gain employment and to play a productive role in society.
Gingerbread chief executive Fiona Weir said that when the charity was founded 92 years ago it had to fight stigmatisation of children born out of wedlock.
The stigmatisation of the mentally ill increases their alienation and makes people less likely to seek the help they need from mental health services", he said.