Preventing and Reducing Stigma: Education

Few teaching and training programs adequately prepare educators and staff to work with students who have a mental health or SUD.  Many training programs may perpetuate misconceptions about these students' needs. When they do not perform well, students with behavioral health issues can be labeled as "bad," furthering the disconnection. Early intervention and trajectory set the stage for interactions around mental health. Schools are often the first contact for students with SUD/mental illness. De-stigmatizing mental illness and SUD can allow students to get the educational accommodations and supports they need. 

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