Lived and Living Experience: Stigma and Shame

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Description

Words shared by families with lived experience, contributions by peer support workers and professionals, reflecting the challenging and ever-changing journey of living with the effects of a loved one’s substance use and how East Lothian services can best support and care for those families.

Period1 May 2019

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleConversations for Change: Family Rights and Inclusion for families affected by substance use in East Lothian: Lived Experience contribution:Stigma and Shame
    Media name/outletCirlce: Supporting families in Scotland
    Duration/Length/SizeReport
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date1/05/19
    Descriptionesearch published by Circle in Conversations for Change (click here to access) was based on words shared by families with lived experience alongside contributions from peer support workers and professionals. It reflected the challenging and ever-changing journey of living with the effects of a loved one’s substance use and how services In East Lothian can best support and care for those families.
    To move towards shared responsibility and cultural change, we need to stop and think about notions of blame and stigma. Anna Ross and her content on Stigma & Shame is a crucial must read (p.27 of Conversations for Change) We often move to blame and judge when we should instead seek to understand how others have lived and the intergenerational trauma they may have experienced. Conscious, unconscious and confirmation bias are inherent to our culture and our professions.
    Producer/AuthorCircle: supporting families in Scotland
    PersonsAnna Ross

Keywords

  • Substance Use
  • Mental Health
  • drugs
  • Lived Experience
  • Policy