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Educate Yourself Stigma makes people feel ashamed, discouraged and rejected, which is especially devastating because social support plays an important role in developing confidence and self-esteem. Discrimination and harassment add more stress, and self-stigma perpetuates negative perceptions. Learning more about differences helps us b aware.
Recognize And Appreciate Diversity Let the recognition that stigma causes profound emotional damage be a catalyst to accept and embrace differences. Rather than responding with hesitation and judgment, use the opportunity to change personal perceptions and biases.
Treat People With Dignity And Respect Sensitivity and open-mindedness are the best ways to combat stigma. Approach a stranger as though you are allies, recognizing that you both have something to gain by working together. Take a chance and start a discussion to discover what you have in common, and use that as a starting point to better understand one another. Identify your common goals and appreciate your combined talents. Maybe there is an opportunity for a connection?
Think About The Person Behind The Label Avoid labeling people based on their ethnicity, race, religion, culture, gender, orientation or ability. Use language that emphasizes the person, not a particular characteristic. Mutual respect involves both parties adjusting behavior to work together.
Hold The Media Accountable Because of its powerful role in shaping and influencing public opinion, hurtful and inaccurate stereotypes perpetuated by the media are especially harmful. Whenever the media reinforces stereotypes that contribute to stigma, false perceptions become harder to change. Let your voice b heard.