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PADS: Changing Stigma to Respect: Campaign Story

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
Amelia Earhart

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Recovering Connections: Changing Stigma to Respect

The Partnership for Action on Drugs and Alcohol in Scotland (PADS) communities subgroup ran an ongoing campaign against the stigmatising attitudes, behaviours and structures that are hindering people from seeking help for drug and alcohol problems.  

To find out more about the entire Recovering Connections: Changing Stigma to Respect campaign please continue reading.

 

Background

The “Changing Stigma to Respect” Campaign is an initiative of the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland (PADS) – Communities Sub Group.

Our campaign so far has included:

  • The first national gathering of the new visible recovery communities & key policy influencers
  • Publishing a report of the key findings from that day
  • Launching an anti- stigma / recovery awareness exhibition made from the findings
  • A short film based on real experiences of stigma
  • National transport surveys
  • Media education

 

Part 1: Event 

It began with “Recovering Connections: From Stigma to Respect”, the largest ever gathering of recovery communities in Scotland which took place on the 1st of September 2017 at the wonderful Tramway in Glasgow.   It brought recovery groups, recovery communities, family recovery groups, ministers in Scotland government and key influencers together for the first time to explore experiences of stigma.

Around 400 people gathered to consider

  •  How might we change stigma?
  •  How to challenge conditions holding us back?
  •  What is already working well?
  •  What is growing in recovery in each area around Scotland

 

Part 2: The Transport Survey 

2 Surveys were conducted to gather information regarding the effect stigma has on access to transport in 2018.

The report relating to these surveys is being finalised and will be available soon.

 

Part 3: The Report 

A report was produced in 2018 after the event that details how stigma is experienced by individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol problems. 

You can read the report here.

 

Part 4: The Exhibition 

An exhibition was made to share the findings from the event and the report.  This is both in physical from and video form.

We are pleased to share that the exhibition is going on tour and is available to be used by the recovery community all over Scotland!  Please get in touch with Michaela if you are interested at michaela@scottishrecoveryconsortium.org

The video version can be viewed below.

 

Part 5: The Film 

A film was made based on all the previous work described above.  The script was based on direct quotes from participants who attended the event and the entire cast and crew was made up of people who were in recovery or linked to recovery. 

The film can be viewed below.

 

Part 6: The Launch 

The exhibition and film were launched to the public over a 3 day event in Glasgow, open to the public, people providing services and the recovery community to help them explore their own attitudes to people who are in recovery. 

This event encourage people to come up with ways they will personally try and change Stigma to Respect.  There was an incredible response to this which is displayed below.

 

 Part 7: The Webinar 

This took place on the 21st August 2018.  

The webinar was part of the ongoing campaign against the stigmatising attitudes, behaviours and structures that are hindering people from seeking help for drug and alcohol problems.  

 

Part 8: The 'Stigma2Respect' Exhibition goes on tour! 

The 'Changing Stigma to Respect' Exhibition is going on tour and is available for the recovery community across Scotland to use to engage with the public and their own community!  Get in touch with michaela@scottishrecoveryconsortium.org for more information.