What can I do to address stigma?
- Education to improve mental health literacy.
- Protesting against stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs, images and actions.
- Having contact with someone who has personally experienced mental illness.
What are common myths about mental illness?
There is an endless number of stigmatizing beliefs about mental illness, which fuel some of the most common mental health myths.
Why is it important to address stigma?
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Recognize the most common myths about mental illness
- Identify personal attitudes and beliefs about mental illness that are inaccurate and/or stigmatizing
- Use evidence to debunk the most common myths about mental illness
- Remain open-minded, accepting, respectful and inclusive towards someone with a mental illness
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