A Stigma Conference held Wednesday in Lewis County brought together the Substance Abuse Coalition, mental health and treatment facilities, the Department of Health and Human Resources, and Child Protective Services, along with social workers.
The goal is to reduce stigma so people feel more comfortable seeking out behavioral health services specific to substance use.
“Our goal is that we create the opportunity and the space for them to understand how to have the conversation and the dialog with somebody in that stigmatized group, but also recognizing that we have a duty and a care to those folks to reduce the stigma and if we can just impact a few folks here and there, we’re gonna reduce that stigma and we can do better work that way and we can help more people,” said Elizabeth Shahan of the Harrison County Family Resource Network.
Another conference will be held August 1 at the West Virginia High Tech Foundation in Fairmont.
You can visit the Stigma Free website here.