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

Examples of destigmatize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the 21-year-old actor and musician gave a powerful presentation for the organization to destigmatize the shame surrounding mental health. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 15 June 2022 Couric has interviewed world leaders, used her platform to radically destigmatize cancer screenings, and given Facebook a public cross-examination concerning misinformation. Glamour, 1 June 2022 Now, the four-time Grand Slam singles champion is partnering with Modern Health, a mental health platform, to continue to destigmatize mental illness—especially among younger generations and underrepresented populations. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2022 Here’s how to destigmatize shadow IT and use these insights from employees to create a more productive workplace. Jim Brennan, Forbes, 18 May 2022 This helps create a positive user experience and can also further destigmatize the pleasure product industry. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The brand is partnering with Chriselle Lim and helping to destigmatize mental health in the AAPI community by working with the Asian Mental Health Project, a nonprofit that makes mental health resources more accessible for everyone. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 11 May 2022 What needs fixing is our disease model of dealing with it, which is meant to increase stability and destigmatize psychological struggle but is not succeeding and may even be causing harm. Tracy Dennis-tiwary, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Fast forward 10 years: The Colorado duo started Dave & Matt Vans, creating affordable vans with rental and financing options to destigmatize the idea that the lifestyle needs to be expensive. Sunset Magazine, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of destigmatize

1946, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Destigmatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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