Distorted Perceptions is a public education campaign designed to challenge misconceptions and assumptions associated with mental illness and addictions. Our goal is to foster change through awareness and dialogue about the real and damaging impact of stigma. 

Topic of the Month: The Opioid Epidemic


The opioid epidemic has become a devastating public health crisis, and the newly released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that it is only getting worse. According to statistician Bob Anderson, if the pattern continues, “we could have more than two years of declining life expectancy in a row, which we haven’t seen since the influenza pandemic of 1918.”

Learn more about the opioid epidemic.

Take the pledge and spread the word!

Mental health and substance use disorders affect 1 in 4 Americans. Stigma associated with these conditions remains one of the biggest barriers to treatment and recovery. Help us fight stigma by signing and sharing our pledge. 

  • I pledge to challenge my own perceptions about people who have mental health and/or substance use disorders

  • I pledge to speak out and share knowledge to help others recognize stigma

  • I pledge to become an agent of change by being a part of the conversation to reduce stigma associated with behavioral health