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Stigma and Older Adults

This Distorted Perceptions original article explores the intersection of ageism and behavioral health stigmas, and the “double challenges” that can result for older adults with behavioral health conditions. In summary, both stigmas are alive and well, and although positive cultural changes are beginning to occur we must “address the stigma of being an older person in a culture that under-values aging, as well as the stigma of being someone with a behavioral health challenge in a culture that views those challenges with fear and contempt.”

Social Media: A Double Edged Sword for Combating Stigma

We live in a world where our personal use of social media has the potential to impact hundreds of people- for better or for worse. This DP Original article explores how social media can both be a tool for raising awareness and perpetuating stigma through misinterpretation, no matter how well-intentioned our post may be.

Homelessness and Mental Illness: A Stigma Double-Whammy

“In our culture, it is easier to judge than to understand. The compounding of stigma against people with mental illness and those who are homeless and have these illnesses is truly a double-whammy.” Believing the distorted perceptions and blaming these individuals for their situation is much too simple. This DP Original article challenges “all of us to banish the stigma of homelessness from the lives of people experiencing it, in conjunction with understanding that, often, mental illness either results from or is a precursor to people losing their homes.”

Recovery Conversations - Trauma - Toni

Recovery Conversations - Trauma - Toni

The Anti-Stigma Project presents an interview with Tonier Cain. Tonier Cain is a nationally known consumer advocate and trauma expert, shares her compelling story of unspeakable trauma, navigation through a broken system, and her ultimate recovery.

Stigma by Association: Parents and Families of Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions

We set out to explore the following questions: How does an individual’s behavioral health experience affect their family? How does stigma impact family members specifically? Can the stigma that family members receive cause them to stigmatize others? And what can families do to minimize the effects of internal and external stigma?