A practice briefing has been published following a Stigma and Trauma Conference held in Newcastle in May 2023.
The briefing note from Durham University’s Department of Sociology, highlights a number of critical insights about stigma related to trauma, substance use and domestic violence & abuse, and makes key recommendations to challenge stigma across health and social care, and criminal justice settings.
What can everyone do?
- Join the anti-stigma network: www.antistigmanetwork.org.uk
- Reflect on how stigma might impact upon the people you help and support
- Consider if you have any embedded personal views that might result in stigmatisation
- Use respectful language and treat people with dignity
- Be trauma-informed, person-centred and professionally curious in your work
- Speak out against stigma if you see it happening
What can I do if I’ve got strategic responsibilities?
- Consider stigma a key priority focus for every service involved in combatting substance use, domestic violence and abuse, and trauma work.
- Have discussions within teams about an Anti-Stigma Strategy in your workplace.
- Implement and invest in a basic training pledge that includes practical ways to raise awareness and challenge stigma.
You can download a pdf of the practice briefing below or access it in full on this webpage