How is stigma harmful?
Stigma, both self-directed and from others, is the negative attitudes and behaviors toward people experiencing mental health issues and substance use disorders. Stigma prevents people from getting the help they need. Over 50% of people experiencing mental health issues don’t seek help. Stigma and fear of others finding out is listed as a primary reason for nearly 25% of those people.
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Behavioral health conditions can happen to anyone
•Many people incorrectly assume people with mental illness or substance use disorder are to blame for their disorder.
•These are health problems just like diabetes or cancer and should be treated with the same importance and care.
Mental health stigma versus fact
There are many misconceptions about depression, anxiety, and suicide. Knowing the facts empowers you to take care of your mental health and fight social stigmas.
Promote a Stigma-Free AZ
We invite you to get involved in furthering our efforts to reduce stigma and help Arizonans access behavioral health care and resources.