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Beth Angell Served on National Academies Committee Recommending Strategy for Eliminating the Stigma of Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

As part of national efforts to understand and change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that can lead to stigma and discrimination for individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was asked to undertake a study of the science of stigma change. Beth Angell, faculty in the School of Social Work and Institute for Health, served on the National Academies’ Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms

After reviewing a broad range of evidence about decreasing stigma and promoting affirming attitudes and behaviors, the Committee developed recommendations for SAMHSA’s Office of Communications and the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality in the areas of communications science and stigma research. The Committee offered conclusions and recommendations about successful stigma change campaigns, how best to encourage people to seek treatment and supportive services for themselves and others and the research needed to inform and evaluate these efforts in the United States.

The Report, Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change is available here.

An interview with Beth Angell appears in the June 20, 2016 online issue of Rutgers Today. You can read that interview here.

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