[YSPNetwork] Fwd: stopstigma: Registration Now Open for Training Teleconference: Reducing Stigma and Discrimination am
Donna.Noonan at state.or.us
Fri Feb 29 08:42:34 PST 2008
A teleconference training opportunity:
>>> "SAMHSA ADS Center" <stopstigma at shs.net> 2/28/2008 12:46 PM >>>
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
AND HUMAN SERVICES
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Center for Mental Health Services11420 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
1-800-540-0320 stopstigma at samhsa.hhs.gov
Registration Now Open for Training Teleconference:
Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
The SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated With Mental Illness invites you to register now for a free teleconference training titled, Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)."
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
To register for this training teleconference, please click here for our registration page.
Please pass this invitation along to interested friends and colleagues. Please note: Registration for this teleconference will close at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday, March 10, 2008.
We will email the telephone number for the training teleconference to all registered participants on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) often confront stigma, prejudice, and discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Stigma has many effects including feelings of low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness.1 Individuals who have a mental illness often face the same feelings because of the stigma and prejudice associated with poor mental health. Stigma, in any form, is a serious impediment to the well-being of those who experience it.2
LGBT individuals who have a mental illness must cope with the dual or double stigma that comes from being part of more than one stigmatized group. Stigma increases exponentially and its effects may be even more detrimental for individuals in minority groups than for the general population, characterized by:
Myths in general understanding, causes and treatment alternatives
Avoidance of help seeking3
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the effects of this double or dual stigma can be particularly harmful.4 For members of racial and ethnic minority communities, the stigma of mental illness is layered upon racism and other forms of discrimination, leaving individuals and their families in a complex, highly vulnerable and often helpless situation.5
This training will:
Define LGBT terms, describe the stigma faced in the mental health system and explore research on LGBT individuals and mental health stigma.
Offer first-hand accounts from LGBT individuals on their experiences facing and overcoming the dual stigma that accompanies sexual orientation and mental illness.
Provide an overview of strategies that may help to reduce stigma in the mental health delivery system for LGBT individuals.
1 Prince PN. Prince CR. Perceived stigma and community integration among clients of assertive community treatment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 25(4):323-31, 2002 Spring.
2, 3, 5 Scheffer, R. May 28, 2003. Addressing Stigma: Increasing Public Understanding of Mental Illness, last referenced 1/7/08.
4 National Alliance on Mental Illnesses (NAMI). Double Stigma: GLBT People Living with Mental Illness, last referenced 1/7/08.
Send in Your Questions
We invite you to send in your questions related to stigma among people who are LGBT in advance of the teleconference. Speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the teleconference. Please send your questions by e-mail to stopstigma at samhsa.hhs.gov.
Please note that sending a question does not guarantee its inclusion in the teleconference. We will provide the speakers' contact information so that you may pursue your answer after the call. If you provide your name and organization at the time you ask your question, we may use it during the call. Anonymous questions also can be submitted.
This teleconference is sponsored by the SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center), a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The session is free to all participants.
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SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma
Donna G. Noonan, MPH, CHES
Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Injury Prevention & Epidemiology Program
Oregon Public Health Division
800 NE Oregon, Ste 772
Portland, OR 97232
donna.noonan at state.or.us
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