Who Can Fight Stigma?
How you can help reduce stigma?
Get involved with anti-stigma groups in your area.
Get educated. Read about groups that are often stigmatized and do your part to change your own stigmatizing views or behaviors.
Think before you speak. Keep in mind that words like "nutty, nutso, retard, crazy, druggie and wacko" can be extremely offensive to people living with mental illness, developmental disability and addictions.
Don't assume anything about anyone.
Get to know them as unique human beings first.
Online Medical Dictionary. (2012). Definition of Stigma. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/stigma
Our Anti-Stigma Goals
Creating awareness through educational opportunities, public discussions, transformation trainings, and community campaigns.
STIGMA, DISCRIMINATION and NEGLECT prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental illnesses.
Treatment works, but nearly two –thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek help from a health professional.
"Stigma assumes many forms, both subtle and overt. It appears as prejudice and discrimination, fear, distrust and stereotyping. It prompts many people to avoid working, socializing and living with people who have a mental disorder. Stigma impedes people from seeking help for fear the confidentiality of their diagnosis or treatment will be breached. For our Nation to reduce the burden of mental illness, to improve access to care and to achieve urgently needed knowledge about the brain, mind and behavior, STIGMA must no longer to tolerated" (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, 1999).