“By adopting policies that scare women away from treatment, clinics and health organizations lose the opportunity to intervene and promote maternal and infant health.”
“Across the USA, the heavy-handed policing of pregnant women’s behavior is shattering patient trust in health services with devastating consequences. These laws put pregnant women in a double bind, forcing them to choose between risking their health and risking punishment,” said Carrie Eisert, Policy Adviser at Amnesty International, who authored the report.”
“It can be hard for any person with a substance use disorder to quit. But women in particular may be afraid to get help during or after pregnancy due to possible legal or social fears and lack of child care while in treatment. Women in treatment often need support for handling the burdens of work, home care, child care, and other family responsibilities.”
“While not all mental health problems directly affect students’ academic or school functioning, many do, and schools can help.”
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?
Parents express a range of concerns about sharing mental health information.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness is challenging the internal and external Distorted Perceptions that kids encounter when they have a parent experiencing a behavioral health disorder. A great resource for children and young people!
When we don't know the facts, blaming parents for their child's behavioral health diagnosis is stigmatizing. Parents report that they are most likely to be blamed for their child's diagnosis by extended family, as opposed to by school systems or service providers.
“I think substance abuse is an issue that is much, much more common than most people think, but is often hidden because as parents we feel like failures. It’s hard to admit.”
While the stress and stigma of caring for someone with a mental illness can sometimes cause loved ones to develop Distorted Perceptions towards the person with the diagnosis, Healthy Place asserts that families can come together to move beyond their loved one's illness—not away from their loved one.