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Link – 5 Simple Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

5) Be a role model.

Stigma is often fueled by lack of awareness and inaccurate information. Model these stigma-reducing strategies through your comments and behavior and politely teach them to your friends, family, co-workers and others in your sphere of influence. Spread the word that treatment works and recovery are possible. Changing attitudes takes time, but repetition is the key, so keep getting the word out to bring about a positive shift in how we treat others.

I especially liked number 5, because so often we see people who want to make a difference yelling at others who don’t know any better rather than simply being a role model, and being the kind of person others would want to emulate.

Be the change you want.

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