Distorted Perceptions: a campaign to challenge myths and misperceptions about mental illness and addictions
Distorted Perceptions: Refocus and Look Again

Distorted Perceptions

a campaign to challenge myths and misperceptions about mental illness and addictions 


 
 

Does learning that someone has a 

mental health or substance use disorder 

change the way you see them?

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1 in 4 Americans lives with a mental health or substance use disorder. Too often we focus solely 

on a diagnosis, reduce a person to a label, and view them through a lens of false assumptions. 

This is stigma. Stigma is a significant barrier to recovery. It undermines relationships and blocks

access to employment, housing, even access to quality medical care.


The Distorted Perceptions campaign challenges these preconcieved notions about mental illness 

and addictions. Are you seeing clearly? 


Click here to learn more about the campaign and view our educational campaign materials!


 
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 Meet Bert!
Bert lives with OCD, a behavioral health condition. 

He also lives with the stigma that comes with it. 

Watch how stigma impacts him and millions of others like him.