Division of Behavioral Health Services
Arizona Stigma Reduction Committee (ASRC)
The purpose of the Arizona Stigma Reduction Committee (ASRC) is to build a greater sense of inclusion (belonging) that supports people with mental health and substance use challenges within their own communities. The ASRC is one way in which ADHS/DBHS is meeting its statewide initiative to reduce stigma and promote inclusion.
Who We Are
- Members of the ASRC are peers, family and community members, and behavioral health workers throughout Arizona.
- The activities of the ASRC are coordinated through the ADHS/DBHS Office of Individual & Family Affairs (OIFA).
What We Do
- Produce, participate in and promote activities that raise awareness about mental health and substance use, resiliency, recovery and inclusion.
- Educate and inform the public about the negative impact of stigma and the reality of recovery.
- Address discrimination and prejudice through our community outreach programs.
How We Do It
- Provide opportunities for diverse groups of people to speak frankly with one another about behavioral health and system issues through our Arizona Dialogues Program.
- Share lived-experience about the personal effects of stigma and overcoming it.
- Get the word out about statewide events, conferences and the many opportunities available for people from all walks of life to be involved in activities that further the cause of inclusion and stigma reduction. All these activities can be viewed at the AZ Happenings Calendar.
- Spread the message that mental health and physical health are equally important.
- Encourage the advocacy community to support one another's activities and work cooperatively toward becoming a unified power that moves the stigma reduction movement forward in Arizona.
Submit an Outreach Request Form to request an Arizona Dialogue or a presentation for your organization or community.
Mental Health: Everyone Has It!
Reducing stigma and fostering inclusion is not the sole responsibility of any one committee. It takes all of us to do this important work in the course of living our everyday lives. After all, every human being—no matter their age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, income or geographical location—has mental health.
Join the Movement!
Overcoming stigma and increasing community inclusion starts with one person at a time and grows from there—so, yes, you can make a difference! It's easy. You can start by simply being more aware of the language you use. To learn more, check out our Join the Movement checklist.
Have questions or need more information? Want to know more about Arizona Dialogues or our presentations? Contact Cynthia Henry, Committee Coordinator, or by phone at 602-364-1015 or 1-877-464-1015 (outside Phoenix).