Tips & Tools: How you can confront stigma
When young people are suffering in silence, you can help them discover the courage to get help.
We all have a responsibility to overcome stigma and create safe, welcoming environments – for youth, and for all of us.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Create space: Encourage kids to talk about their feelings with a safe adult. If you are that safe adult, listen with empathy and without judgment.
- Be a role model: Model positive attitudes and behaviours for the youth in your life. Express a range of emotions, and be willing to ‘walk the walk’ and talk about your own feelings!
- Strengthen the community: Support organizations like Kids Help Phone that address both the roots and effects of stigma.
- Raise your voice: When you see stigma in your own life – for example, if someone makes a hurtful joke about mental health – take the opportunity to start the conversation about the harmful effects those words can have on youth.
Youth often need support to feel comfortable reaching out. And your gift today can help young people find their voice. Your kindness will prove to young people that someone out there cares – and that someone will always be there to listen.