de·​stig·​ma·​tize | \(ˌ)dē-ˈstig-mə-ˌtīz \

Definition of destigmatize 

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

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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 Lola is also looking to destigmatize discussion of purchases like condoms and lube. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Stormy Daniels, Sexual Assault in the Military, Lola Condoms: Broadsheet May 1," 1 May 2018 The center was founded with a mission to help treat and destigmatize mental illness, and community education plays a crucial role in that, said Keck. Stepfanie Romine,, "Mental health providers, including Lindner Center, face increased demand," 25 Apr. 2018 Many on social media praised Carey for her honesty and expressed hope her revelation would help further destigmatize mental illness. USA TODAY, "'Weekend dad' Paul Ryan is out. How will this shake up the House?," 11 Apr. 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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