Defining health stigma is not easy. Like an amoeba, it changes shape as society changes. Most people know something of health stigma – the staring and double-takes, the personal questions asked by complete strangers, the handicapped-sticker vigilantes who question your right to use reserved parking if your condition isn’t obvious.
But when asked to define health stigma, most people stumble.
Rude2Respect is a national campaign to change all this – first and foremost, by teaching people what health stigma means. Rude2Respect’s mission is to build awareness of the impact of stigma related to seen or unseen health conditions; to start the dialogue to help the public understand respectful behaviors; and to provide coping skills and resilience training to individuals who are being stigmatized.