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Fun & Easy Ways to Reduce Stigma

Updated: Aug 6, 2020


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The word “stigma” comes from a brand, or mark of shame. The word “stigma” comes from a brand, or mark of shame. Imagine you’re stuck wearing a mask that covers your entire head and blends perfectly with your skin tone. Whenever people see it, they assume it’s your face, who you are, and treat you in accordance with that false belief. The mask could be “disabled,” “ex-felon,” “crazy,” “homeless”...people see it before they see you.

Here are some ideas for how to help people become aware of and change stigmas.

Maybe you’ll come up with one we didn’t...


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