Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
If you are reading this article then you are in the midst of advocating for yourself or someone in your life that has osteopenia or osteoporosis; or you're someone who wants to educate themselves before they reach the stage of normal age-related bone loss.
Many of you who come to this site, OsteoporosisConnection.com, either have osteopenia or osteoporosis, or have a friend or family member with this disease, and are desperately looking for answers to questions about diagnosis, treatment, and fracture risk. Some are terrified that this diagnosis will greatly impact their quality of life, and rightfully so, but what can you do about the lack of knowledge, fear and loneliness? Starting a support group with the help of education, may be the avenue you can use to begin your advocacy, to find the answers to these questions that we all have.
Advocacy is a term that we use to describe the active support of an idea or cause.
With advocacy tra...
Over the years that I've served as CEO
of DBSA, many of you have expressed your frustration and concern with the way
consumers of mental health services are portrayed in the media. Why are we
always the axe murderers and thugs? What about the millions of us who do good things in the world?
Well, the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, has heard those frustrations and developed the Voice Awards . This
program, which began in 2005, provides
a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement to reduce stigma associated
with mental health problems and promote recovery by acknowledging and
celebrating the efforts of entertainment professionals who have helped support
The Voice Awards recognize entertainment writers and producers
who incorporate dignified, respectful and accurate portrayals of individuals
with mental illnesses into film and television productions...
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