Challenging stigma starts with challenging our own perceptions. Stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs stem from false assumptions that we may not even realize that we hold. Refocus and look again.

How you can help:

Learn and share the facts about behavioral health disorders.

Challenge your own assumptions and stereotypes. If you know someone has a behavioral health disorder, does it cloud your perception of them? A change in your perspective can have a ripple effect on others.

Be an agent of change. Speak up when you see stigma happening, ask a question, start a conversation.