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Division of Behavioral Health Services

Arizona Stigma Reduction Initiative

Mental Health: Everyone Has It!

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Get to Know the Arizona Stigma Reduction Initiative:

The purpose of the Arizona Stigma Reduction Initiative is to advance a positive and fearless vision of behavioral health in Arizona by engaging peers, family members and allies at regional and local levels of involvement; and to eliminate the devaluation of these lived and shared experiences through dialogue and other activities in their communities.

The ASRI Steering Committee does not do stigma reduction itself. In order to be more open and inclusive, stigma reduction activities are coordinated at the local level by the regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs). Individuals wishing to be involved in stigma reduction activities should contact their RBHA’s Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

So, yes, YOU can make a big difference! You can start by being more aware of the language you use (see Stigma: Language MattersPDF).

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