Exploring Stigma and the Power of Kindness

We are hosting conversations in communities across Scotland to think specifically about how communities can challenge the stigma around substance use. We look at the role that stigma can play in our lives, in our families and communities and hear about different ways we might encounter that, and we share the science behind the power of kindness and how it can help to address stigma.  These workshops create opportunities for everyone to share ideas and actions for change. We hope each event will bring people together to explore the potential to support change from harmful use of alcohol or drugs to increased health, wellbeing and social connection.

‘The workshop gave my inspiration for developing our own awareness of alcohol & drug use workshop and how stigma will be an integral part of this.’

We are hosting these workshops nationally and regionally.  Are you interested in taking part?  Are you interested in partnering with us to bring this workshop to your local community? Contact richard@sfad.org.uk to discuss.

Feedback from previous sessions

What will you think about, or do differently, or do more of, as a result of taking part in this workshop?

‘I hope to incorporate some of this work into our equalities workplan for the HSCP.’

‘Be aware of others’ situations and our own judgemental attitudes. A higher focus on being kind.’

‘I will think more about the stigma and language surrounding drug use and educate people and totally loved the kindness part of the workshop.’

Would you recommend this workshop? If yes, what would you say to someone else considering signing up for it?

‘Absolutely, I have shared my experience with colleagues already. I would say that the session was pitched at just the right level and felt really inclusive regardless of your role or experience.’

‘YES. It is beneficial for Increasing Awareness of Stigma and for encouraging Kindness as it has rewards for both others and self.’

‘Yes, hearing other people’s experiences and situations on stigma was great understanding that it is an area that needs a level of action this class helped that to be more clear.’

Further Reading and Resources

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