STIGMA-FREE ZONE SCHOOL DESIGNATIONS

Middle and Secondary schools are given a Stigma-Free Zone Toolkit to work towards their Stigma-Free Zone designations by adopting the following criteria.

STIGMA-FREE ZONE CRITERIA

  1. Schools ranging from grades 7-12 become a Stigma-Free Zone by committing to receiving the Stigma-Free Zone presentations’ program that reaches a minimum of one full grade of students at a school or the entire school. Thereafter, the school commits to hosting presentations for the entire school annually OR to the new slate of students attending the school each year. Presenters share their personal story and bring awareness on the topic of stigmas with a focus on mental health and reaching out for help. Presentations are given in an assembly style manner and may also be delivered in a classroom environment.
  2. School presentations encourage students take the Stigma-Free Pledge and Stigma-Free Test online via stigmafreezone.com.
  3. Schools display a Stigma-Free Zone poster(s) that outlines a call to ‘ACTION’ on how to live ‘stigma-free’ in the counseling office and other chosen areas of the school.
  4. The Society provides Stigma-Free Zone window decals to place around the school to identify the space as fully designated, which reminds and encourages students to live stigma-free and to visit our website stigmafreezone.com for more information.
  5. The school designates one or more Stigma-Free Champion(s) to lead and cultivate the Stigma-Free Zone initiative at their school.
  6. The Stigma-Free Zone Champion(s) commit to working with the Stigma-Free Zone Task Force on an ongoing basis to perform activities at the school that are meaningful, thoughtful and tailored to their respective school to maintain the Stigma-Free Zone designation.
  7. Schools receive a Stigma-Free Zone declaration plaque signed by the Principal and a Stigma-Free Champion, which is showcased in the entrance way of the school to identify the school’s commitment to live stigma-free. The plaque also encourages students and visitors to come to our website: stigmafreezone.com to learn more about the Stigma-Free Zone Movement and inform them how to be an active part of promoting a Stigma-Free culture at their school.

We are open to hearing from you about your thoughts and ideas for designating Stigma-Free Zones as this Movement is an ever-developing organic process. We support and encourage you in maintaining a Stigma-Free Zone that promotes awareness, understanding and acceptance. Please feel free to Contact Us and we look forward to your innovative and creative ideas!