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Help Reduce Stigma!

Partners, including The Provost Committee on Student Mental Health and student groups—such as Active Minds—across the university are working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health concerns. Click on the links below to explore events and downloadable posters aimed at reducing stigma and raising awareness about mental health resources available on campus.

What You Can Do

Top 10 Things You Can Do To Reduce Stigma

  1. Watch how words are used. Words like crazy, nuts, wacko, schizo— all promote stigma or can be offensive to individuals who have a mental illness.
  2. Use people first language. For example; a person with a mental illness instead of mentally ill people.
  3. Become educated on mental illnesses. Look up mental illness, and specific conditions and find out more about the people who have these illnesses.
  4. Confront jokes about mental illness. Refuse to listen.
  5. Do tell someone if they express a stigmatizing attitude. People are often unaware of the facts about mental illness and it is important to let others know when they are presenting a stigmatizing attitude.
  6. Recognize the common signs of mental distress or illness in yourself and in your friends so you can find help if you need to.
  7. If you’re a student, get involved in Active Minds. External Link
  8. If you’re student, staff, or faculty, get involved in help a student or friend connect to mental health resources on campus at Faculty, consider including the Mental Health and Stress Management Syllabus Statement. Download PDF
  9. Do emphasize abilities, not limitations. A mental illness is like other chronic health conditions. It is a part of an individual, it does not define them.
  10. If you have mental health concerns, seek help! Use the resources available at University of Minnesota.

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