We know that it takes a lot of work to be stigma-free, we anticipate that many, if not all people, will not be successful on the first day of taking their stigma-free pledge. We are all raised within different cultures and learn stigmatizing attitudes from our parents, peers and community.
It is understandable that many of you may already possess stigmatized perceptions, but there is still great hope that all people are able to empower themselves. We encourage you to create and sustain stigma-free environments that instill awareness, understanding and acceptance, not only in schools, but by taking ACTION for the entirety of your lives.
TAKE THE STIGMA-FREE PLEDGE ABOVE!
We can grow in compassion over time and develop the ability to truly understand where people are at in their lives.
The important step to becoming stigma-free is that we recognize our thoughts, stop our judgement and then hit the RESET button.
It is truly important to consider, how would we approach a stigmatizing situation the next time around?