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 As its name suggests, this group seeks to destigmatize conversations around mental health in the Asian American community and make mental health care accessible. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "8 Organizations to Donate to Right Now to Support the AAPI Community," 19 Mar. 2021 Part of its contemporary effect has been to destigmatize, and even glamorize, sobriety, which is proudly practiced by celebrities from Bradley Cooper to Chrissy Teigen. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pandemic drinking shows America's all-or-nothing attitude toward alcohol: binge or be sober," 17 Mar. 2021 But the shift also helps destigmatize the far right, or at least many of its messages, argue National Rally leaders, some members of Mr. Macron’s own party and political analysts. New York Times, "Can France’s Far Right Rise to Power? One Mayor Shows How.," 13 Mar. 2021 But the shift also helps destigmatize the far right, or at least many of its messages, argue National Rally leaders, some members of Macron’s own party and political analysts., "France’s emboldened far right attracts voters it once horrified," 13 Mar. 2021 The author, a psychologist specializing in maternal mental health, struggled after her own pregnancy ended in miscarriage; this memoir seeks to destigmatize the issue. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Vivian Gornick’s Essays to No-Recipe Recipes," 9 Mar. 2021 Reframing a memory from your past by writing it down or talking it out helps destigmatize negative emotions associated with that memory and replace them with positive emotions. Chris Schembra, Rolling Stone, "Why Gratitude Journals Are Only Part of the Practice," 9 Mar. 2021 This can help your child gain even more distance from their negative voice, and helps destigmatize talking about anxiety. Washington Post, "Our obsession with happiness is making our kids miserable," 23 Feb. 2021 For starters, student groups are fighting to destigmatize mental health problems and show the importance of reaching out to others to maintain social links. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid pandemic’s isolation, French students turn to each other for support," 22 Feb. 2021

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2021

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“Destigmatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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