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Action Steps for Social Change

Conversations About Stigma: Breaking Out of Our Silos at Howard University’s International Conference on Stigma

We had a wonderful morning talking with three insightful panelists who shared their vast experience and knowledge with an engaging and inquisitive audience about breaking down silos to combat stigma. The action happened at Howard University’s International Conference on Stigma in Washington DC on November 18, 2016. We don’t want to lose the momentum, so we’ve pulled together action steps because we need YOU to make change happen.

Video recording of conference: If you missed our discussion, you can see it here. We begin at 1:07:25.

Learn more about our panelists here

Take Action Here:

Some of these are quick and easy. Others more involved. Find what works for you and do it! 

  • Take the Pledge to b Stigma-Free: Make your commitment known
  • – Call on the Obama administration to rescind National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS) as it is a discriminatory practice that goes against American values of fairness and equality, targeting foreign nationals based on religion and national origin. Click here for more information and how-to.
  • – Help get your local law enforcement CIT Training to bridge the gap between police departments and the mental health systems.
  • – Get trained in Mental Health First Aid so you can learn the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crisis.
  • – Get a check-up from the neck up: Take a free, anonymous and quick behavioral health screening here.
  • – Concerned about a healthcare provider’s own mental health? These toolkits are here to help:
  • B kind. Put down your phone and make eye contact with a stranger. Smile. Have a conversation!
  • B inclusive. Learn more about your own unconscious (implicit) bias. Take an assessment here. 
  • B Brave and tell your story. We’re sharing them here.
  • – B in the know –  join B Stigma-Free (it’s free!) and continue to help achieve social justice for all people.


Thank you to Howard University, and our partners who helped pull these Action Steps together: 

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

American Medical Women’s Association

Healthy Minds Philly, a project of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services

The Coalition for the Elimination of AIDS Related Stigma at Howard University


Check out all of B Stigma-Free’s partners here.

Board of Directors:

Dana Beyer, MD

Thomas Kaylor

Marvin Pannell, MBA

Nermis Rosario, CFA

Vernon S. Thompson, DMin, MEd, MDiv


Advisory Council:

Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD

Irwin Krieger, LCSW

William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA

Andrea Leonardi, MA

Deborah Lipschitz, MD

Michael Morris, PhD

Sonia M. Ospina, PhD

Rebecca M. Puhl, PhD

Marilyn Price Spivack

Janie Victoria Ward, EdD, MEd