Social Stigma


Negative stereotypes and lower social status of a person or group based on perceived characteristics that separate that person or group from other members of a society.

Social stigma is commonly associated with being LGBTQIA+, being obese, having low income, having substance use disorders, having a physical or mental disability, having a mental health disorder, being foreign born, and more. Social stigma works to further marginalize people within society. 

Please refer to the Grayken Center for Addiction at BMC for more information and resources on how to reduce stigma related to substance use disorder and recover.


Adapted from The Fenway Institute and CDC