Impact of the mass media OBERTAMENT campaign on the levels of stigma among the population of Catalonia, Spain

M. Rubio-Valera*, A. Fernández, S. Evans-Lacko, J. V. Luciano, G. Thornicroft, I. Aznar-Lou, A. Serrano-Blanco

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Reducing public stigma could improve patients' access to care, recovery and social integration. The aim of the study was to evaluate a mass media intervention, which aimed to reduce the mental health, related stigma among the general population in Catalonia (Spain). We conducted a cross-sectional population-based survey of a representative sample of the Catalan non-institutionalized adult population (n = 1019). We assessed campaign awareness, attitudes to people with mental illness (CAMI) and intended behaviour (RIBS). To evaluate the association between campaign awareness and stigma, multivariable regression models were used. Over 20% of respondents recognized the campaign when prompted, and 11% when unprompted. Campaign aware individuals had better attitudes on the benevolence subscale of the CAMI than unaware individuals (P = 0.009). No significant differences in authoritarianism and support for community mental health care attitudes subscales were observed. The campaign aware group had better intended behaviour than the unaware group (P < 0.01). The OBERTAMENT anti-stigma campaign had a positive impact to improve the attitudes and intended behaviour towards people with mental illness of the Catalan population. The impact on stigma was limited to attitudes related to benevolence. A wider range of anti-stigma messages could produce a stronger impact on attitudes and intended behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Mass media
  • Mental disorders
  • Social discrimination
  • Social stigma


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