Opening Hearts, Opening Minds
Things That You Can Do To Stamp Out Stigma
1.Acknowledge the prevalence of concurrent mental health and substance use problems.
2.Try to “walk in the shoes” of a person who is stigmatized.
3.Watch your language.
4.Monitor media and openly critique stigmatizing material.
5.Respond directly to stigmatizing material with a letter to the editor.
6.Speak up about stigma to friends, family and colleagues.
7.Be aware of your own attitudes and judgements.
8.Provide support for organizations that fight stigma.
Courtesy of Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)