Stigma—or plain prejudice against those of us who have a mental illness, the people who work in the mental health care field, and the mental health system—is gigantic. We cannot get our services funded to the level of any other condition, such as heart disease and cancer, because of prejudice and stigma. But our mental health programs do work. The people who receive care succeed with their lives. Mental illness is still seen by many people as a social problem and not a health concern. Strangely, people with mental retardation or developmental disabilities have fared better—they have two or three more dollars per person for their care than the people in our mental health system. Why? Stigma.