“Nobody with a serious and potentially life-threatening illness should be denied treatment, yet this outcome can be an indirect extension of the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction.

Stigma and self-stigma can be major obstacles to recovery from addiction and can prevent someone with mental illness from seeking much-needed treatment. The long-term, personal effects on individuals and families are often tragic, playing out in insidious and heartbreaking ways across generations.

At the public health level, the effects of stigma—and shame, which is at the root of stigma—can also be devastating. For example, the deadly opioid epidemic managed to hide in plain view for many years. One reason could very well be the problem of shame and stigma as obstacles to public awareness and treatment.

It’s time to put an end to this status quo, and a good place to start is with the #NoMoreShame Campaign.”

Find more from No More Shame (UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 2021)

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