Most Americans are part of a religious institution, which is often the first point of contact for those seeking help with a mental health or substance use problem. Religious institutions offer support for these individuals in an environment that respects their culture and values, with some studies finding that religious involvement is a protective factor for mental health and substance use. At the same time, religious beliefs about mental illness and substance misuse can lead to stigma, shame, and isolation if the illnesses are viewed as the result of sinful behavior or lack of faith.
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The Preventing and Reducing Stigma: Faith Leaders Slide Deck
The Preventing and Reducing Stigma: Faith Leaders Two-Pager
Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention:
Rationale for Partnering and Resources to Support Your Efforts
Podcast: Spotlight on Stigma Episode 2: The Role of Faith Leaders
Web Page: Visit the Great Lakes PTTC Preventing and Reducing Stigma webpage!