de·​stig·​ma·​tize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈstig-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce destigmatize (audio) \
destigmatized; destigmatizing; destigmatizes

Definition of destigmatize

transitive verb

: to remove associations of shame or disgrace from destigmatize mental illness

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Accounts like Sad Girls Club and Anxiety With Chillys combine Internet lingo and memes that seek to destigmatize and encourage an open conversation around things like mental health. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "How Motivational Instagram Accounts Are Changing My Relationship With Social Media," 28 May 2019 In a new interview with Glamour, the Riverdale star discussed how, despite her continued efforts to destigmatize acne, a pimple still has the power to ruin her whole day. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart on How Acne Triggers Her Body Dysmorphia," 12 Sep. 2018 Here are all of the celebrities who have shown their support for Demi while attempting to use their platform to destigmatize addiction. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Is Receiving an Outpouring of Support From Fellow Celebrities," 25 July 2018 On opening day, the staff set up a photo area with balloons and a TerraVida backdrop, encouraging patients to share their stories on social media to celebrate the opening and destigmatize cannabis use. Julia Terruso,, "Tears of joy at opening of Bucks County medical marijuana dispensary," 17 Feb. 2018 After the loss of their son to suicide in 2013, a Bryn Mawr couple is teaming up with Drexel, Temple and Penn State to destigmatize mental health issues on campus. Aubrey Nagle,, "Villanova wins it all, no water in fatal nursing home fire, Cosby jury selection begins | Morning Newsletter," 3 Apr. 2018 Five years later, Nkoli declared his HIV positive status and began working to destigmatize HIV/AIDS. National Geographic, "12 Historic LGBTQ Figures Who Changed the World," 18 June 2018 White became nationally recognized for his fight to destigmatize HIV/AIDS and advocate for research and awareness. Faith Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana expands service to people with HIV or AIDS," 12 June 2018 The Florida Bar’s Special Committee on the Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers was formed last year and has since been busy identifying ways the bar can destigmatize mental health issues within our legal community. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "Following wave of suicides, Florida Bar president put mental health on the docket," 9 June 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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