Overcoming Stigma

Mental health stigma is a prejudice mostly caused by fear of the unknown, which can lead to discrimination. The fear of stigma can stop people from accessing the help they need, but can also prevent them doing everyday things like seeing friends or joining groups, leaving the house or going to work, school and university.

“In a recent Time to Change survey, 9 in 10 young people reported experiencing stigma from others as a result of their mental health problem. They described stigma as feeling: isolated, shamed, misunderstood, criticised as a person… and demeaned.

“In fact, many said the stigma they received from friends, family, boyfriends or girlfriends, teachers and even doctors was worse than the illness itself!” (Time to Change)

We have created a course for people with mental health and substance misuse problems to help them learn more and be able to practice ways to overcome stigma in their lives.

The aim of this one-day course is to raise awareness of the impact of stigma on mental health and explore ways of overcoming it so that people don’t feel isolated.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of what stigma is and recognise your own and others prejudices
  • Be aware of the impact of stigma on mental health, service users, and their families and carers
  • Feel empowered to challenge myths and misconceptions about mental health
  • Consider ways to overcome stigma in your everyday life.


Date:  12 July 2024

Times:  10am to 4pm

Venue:  Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL


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