“The biggest killer out there is stigma. Stigma keeps people in the shadows. Stigma keeps people from coming forward and asking for help. Stigma keeps families from admitting that there is a problem.” – former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams
For people who are struggling with a substance use disorder, especially teens or young adults, one of the biggest barriers to getting the support and treatment they need is the stigma associated with the disease.
Often individuals and families who could benefit from treatment and other resources do not pursue or utilize them because of the shame and blame associated with addiction. However, it’s important to understand that addiction is not a choice, a sign of weakness, or a moral failing; it is a disease that requires treatment.
At the Jamie Daniels Foundation we understand this struggle and have established stigma reduction as a key pillar of our mission. That’s why, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are partnering with SAFE Project and other leading organizations on the No Shame Movement to end stigma.
Throughout May, we invite you to join us in combating the negative perception of addiction and help us reduce the impact of stigma by signing the No Shame Movement pledge. It simply means you:
- Understand that addiction is a disease and eliminate the stigma
- Commit to learning more about the disease of addiction and mental health challenges that contribute to it
- Encourage individuals to seek help and treatment
- Support people in recovery on their journey
Once you take the pledge, please post a photo of yourself with your No Shame certificate and tell us what this pledge means to you and why you joined the movement. Be sure to tag @JamieDanielsFoundation and @SAFEProjectUS, and use #NoShame and #MentalHealthAwareness.