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 


 
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HOW can I help fight stigma?
 

Stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs stem from assumptions that we may not even realize that we have. The best way to fight stigma is to see the whole person, not just their diagnosis. Start a conversation. Ask a question. Listen with respect. Refocus and look again.


Here’s what you can do:


Learn and share the facts about behavioral health issues with friends, family and coworkers.     Behavioral Health challenges are common, effective treatments are available and people recover all the time.

Watch out for stereotypes
. Everyone’s story is unique, everyone’s needs are different and no one’s future can be predicted.

Challenge your own assumptions.
 If you know someone has a behavioral health disorder, does it change your perception of them? Individual change can have a ripple effect on an entire community.

Speak out
when you see stigma happening. Call attention to it, share knowledge, be an agent of change.

Treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve.


 
 
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  • Contact your Legislators 



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