Behavioral Health - Combating Stigma

Learn more about addressing and combating the stigma of behavioral health issues and substance use disorders with this list of educational resources.

People Matter, Words Matter Poster

People Matter, Words Matter

Words can transmit stigma. Studies have shown that people with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders often feel judged, outside and inside the health care system. This can lead them to avoid, delay or stop seeking treatment. The way we talk about people with a behavioral disorder can change lives – in either a positive or negative manner. These posters, created by the AHA, together with behavioral health and language experts from member hospitals and partner organizations, are designed to help your employees adopt patient-centered, respectful language.


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Blog: Supporting the Behavioral Health of Older Americans by Arpan Waghray, M.D., Past Chair of the American Hospital Association Committee on Behavioral Health and CEO of Providence’s Well Being Trust

Chair File: Understanding and Treating Substance Use Disorders by Nancy Agee, Past AHA Board Chair and President and CEO of Carilion Clinic

Campaign to Change Direction

Join Change Direction to change the culture of mental health. Read more about how New Hampshire has joined the campaign to #ChangeMentalHealth.

Read the recent report from Shatterproof to learn about the stigma and discrimination those with substance abuse disorders face.