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. 

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August’s Topic of the Month

Stigma can be addressed from many different angles and in many different ways, from art shows and local grassroots initiatives to research and national campaigns. This month, our topic of the month highlights some of the innovative work that’s being done to combat behavioral health stigma in Maryland and across the United States.

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