Women's and Maternal Health
Although mental health challenges are common, many experience negative stereotypes and misconceptions, or “stigma”, particularly when seeking mental health services. This session explores mental health stigma in MCH populations and how appropriate language can destigmatize perceptions surrounding mental health and utilization of mental health services. A panel of speakers representing mental health advocacy organizations, State Title V programs, and families will discuss strategies for using language in programming and public outreach materials to reduce mental health stigma. Session participants will contribute to the dialogue by sharing their strategies for using destigmatizing language and by making recommendations for how AMCHP can support states and organizations doing this work.