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What Is Stigma?

Published on
August 12, 2021

In Episode 2 of Disruptive Storytelling researcher Dr. Anna Scheyett, University of Georgia School of Social Work dean, explains the definition of stigma and the impact it has had throughout history — from the slave trade to the Holocaust and modern-day conflicts. She also discusses what can be done to bring about change focusing on Protest, Education and Connection.

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Dr. Anna Scheyett is the dean of the School of Social Work for the University of Georgia. Before joining UGA, she served as dean of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Her work experiences also include clinical and administrative positions in community mental health services. In addition, Dr. Scheyett holds degrees in biology and human genetics. Her background in both the natural and social sciences support her longstanding interest in improving services and promoting recovery for those with severe mental illnesses. She has researched the subject for more than 25 years, with a particular focus on the intersection of mental illness and the legal system.

Episode 2: What is stigma? The History and Future of Systemic Discrimination

Podcast Mentions

  • Dr. Anna Scheyett’s podcast presentation on stigma
  • Research by Patrick Corrigan
  • Quote from “Love’s Executioner” by Irvin D. Yalom: “We simply cannot cluck with sympathy and exhort patients to struggle resolutely with their problems. We cannot say to them you and your problems. Instead, we must speak of us and our problems because our life, our existence, will always be riveted to death, love to loss, freedom to fear and growth to separation. We are all of us in this together.”

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

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