JOIN THE “STIGMA-FREE” MOVEMENT!

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Navigating through life has enough challenges.  It can be even more challenging when you are faced with a mental health disorder and/or substance use disorder; have a physical and/or intellectual disability; judged because of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and/or sexual orientation or need assistance because of current circumstances. The most unfortunate of these challenges is experiencing discrimination (negative assumptions, perceptions, or judgments), as individuals are treated and looked at differently. 

Read, sign below and join the movement to end stigma and discrimination in Somerset County.

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Statement of Support

As a supporter to individuals who may be of a different race, gender, ethnic, socioeconomic status, and/or sexual orientation background than I am; have a mental health and/or substance use disorder; have a disability; or need any form of assistance, I understand the importance of recognizing the impact stigma and discrimination has on others and the need to reduce it. 

By taking this pledge, I will: 

  1. Educate myself about mental health disorders, substance use disorders, disabilities or differences to include race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and/or sexual orientation;
  2. Check myself by changing any discriminatory language I use, words matter;
  3. Object to any labels that turn individuals into things;
  4. Raise awareness by taking any opportunity or teachable moment to educate others; and
  5. Know it starts with me.

These action steps lead to the positive improvement of the lives of individuals with a mental health and/or substance use disorder; a physical and/or intellectual disability; or need assistance. These steps also allow individuals to fully participate in society in areas as basic as education, housing and employment.

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