Stigma surrounding mental health disorders, as well as addiction, involve a negative attitude and often discrimination towards these distinguishing characteristics. We fear that which is different and uncomfortable and in turn create a bias in society that limits the ability for individuals to get necessary help. Stigma is one of the largest barriers to effective prevention, treatment and recovery efforts at the individual, family, community, and societal levels. The consequences of stigma can be devastating in someone’s journey to change but with support and understanding, we can challenge these outdated images of a person with a mental health disorder or addiction and pave a new pathway for growth. You are not alone!
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Mental illnesses can take many forms, just as physical illnesses do. Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people. With understanding and education about Mental Health, the fear will melt away. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there is a solution.
Read On at psychiatry.org
One person’s experience (what can you do):
The stigma of addiction is a primary barrier to effective prevention, treatment and recovery efforts at the individual, family, community, and societal levels. Addiction stigma prevents too many people from getting the help they need.
The image we have of an alcoholic or drug addict as a homeless, jobless street person account for only a small percentage of those afflicted. Today, most alcoholics and addicts are functional people like us. And, thanks to the over prescribed pharmaceutical opioids, our neighbors, co-workers, our spouses and our children have been affected. Addiction, especially opioid addiction, is killing over 6000 people a month in this country.
In order to combat this epidemic, we need to recognize the signs and symptoms and move to get help to those that need it. There is a solution.
What is stigma?
Read On at NIH.gov
Read On at CDC.gov
What can we do?
Read On at Northwestern Medicine
Message from Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, NIDA
Read the message on NIH.gov
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