Visions—Recovery: Stigma and Inclusion

PDF | Vol. 13, No. 1 (2017)

When it comes to mental illnesses and substance use problems, attitudes matter. Stigma and exclusion make it harder to reach out for help, find support, and work on recovery. Some people internalize stigma, feeling ashamed about their own experiences. It’s not surprising that we often hear that the stigma around mental illnesses and substance use problems can be worse that the illness or problem itself. However, a little acceptance and inclusion can go a long way, helping people reach out and talk to health care providers, talk about their experiences with family and friends, or simply feel more comfortable being themselves. In this issue of Visions, you’ll learn more about stigma and hear from people who have encountered both exclusion and inclusion on their paths to wellness.

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