Combating Behavioral Health Stigma in Primary Care

Appropriate for All Primary Care Clinicians and Providers

DEI Experts

eLearning Behavioral Health Stigma Primary care

Course Description

Behavioral health disorders are highly prevalent in the United States. About forty-five million, or one in five adults, suffer from various behavioral health disorders. Anxiety, Depression, and substance use are among the most common issues.

People who experience mental health issues also have a higher risk of eating and sleeping disorders, weakened or fatigued immune systems, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Suffering from those conditions can deteriorate a person’s family, social, and work life.

With numerous costs to families and society, we need more efforts to curb the prevalence and severity of mental and behavioral health issues. In addition, overcoming implicit bias and identity threat caused by mental health stigma is essential to helping countless patients receive the expert treatment they need and deserve.

This learning experience intends to help providers offer the highest quality of care for all patients, using vivid examples to bring key factors and solutions to light.

Learners will be able to:

  • Explain how implicit bias impacts our interactions with patients seeking behavioral health care
  • Describe and apply strategies to protect themselves and others from implicit bias
  • Explain what identity threat is and how to recognize it in patients
  • Describe and apply evidence-based, patient-centered communication techniques to improve patient care