Coping with Stigma

Experiences of discrimination are very common amongst Black, Indigenous and Women of colour. Stigma can impede help-seeking and recovery, it can be a threat to social identity. We can cope with stigma by seeking guidance, educating others and challenging others about their stigmatizing attitudes and behaviours.

This workshop will talk about the ways to cope with stigma. The group will be based on facilitating on some of the misunderstandings and media portrayal of Black community that often lead to prejudice attitudes. This behaviour and discrimination can lead to feelings of hopelessness and low self-esteem. The members of the group will learn how stigma profoundly can change how people feel about themselves which result in anxiety and depression. The workshop will offer some of the tips on how to be aware of their attitudes and behaviour. For example, choosing their words carefully, inclusion, and supporting the community.

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

Michelle Obama

Please watch the following video. Reflect on key information shared in the video and statements that resonated with you or someone you know. Did you experience an “aha moment?”, or a moment where you understood where the speaker was coming from because it resembled your own experience? Why? Discuss what you can do to make a difference in how you perceive information and messages from others. Discuss steps you may take to support mentees who may share a similar experience.

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