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Inequalities, social harm and weaponised stigma (face to face event)

  • Venue: Gorgon & Faraday Suite, The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, NE4 5TG
  • Start: Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:30:00 BST
  • End: Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:30:00 BST

About this event 

We are interested in how stigma is weaponised, the social harm this causes, and how this adds to social and health inequality. This face to face event will discuss and present emerging research in this area, including findings from Dr Michelle Addison’s Wellcome Trust funded study exploring health inequalities amongst people who use drugs. Dr Addison discusses how people who use drugs experience stigmatisation in society for reasons linked to (but not limited to) their drug use and identity (class and gender), and how stigma impacts health and wellbeing. Joanne McGrath also discusses her Doctoral research Access to health and social support services for women with multiple and complex needs. At this event we discuss how stigmatisation can shape whether a person is perceived to have a valued identity and the harm this can do to a person’s mental and physical health, access to health services, and motivations to change substance using practices.

The event will include a workshop exercise to begin prioritising areas for future research related to everyday experiences of stigma and impacts to health and wellbeing amongst individuals and communities that are underheard and underserved.

What will I gain from this? 

This event will provide an overview of stigma, how this is experienced by people who are marginalised and minoritised in society, and the harm this can do to health and wellbeing.

Emerging findings from the various studies will be shared and reflected upon, with opportunities to discuss and ask questions. In addition to presenting emerging research findings in this area, the event will provide an opportunity to contribute to a workshop prioritisation exercise for future research in this area. The event will also launch the Palgrave edited collection Drugs, Identity and Stigma, led by Dr Michelle Addison, Dr Will McGovern and Dr Ruth McGovern.

Who should attend? 

This event will be of interest to public health practitioners and academics in Health, Sociology, and Criminology, as well as health and social care practitioners, people who feel marginalised or minoritised by society and/or services, members of the public, and staff or volunteers who work in organisations in the voluntary sector who have an interest in stigma.

Speaker details:

  • Dr Michelle Addison – Assistant Professor, Durham University / Fuse
  • Joanne McGrath – Doctoral student - NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) / Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria (ARC NENC), Northumbria University
  • Mark Adley, Postgraduate Researcher, Population Health Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medical Science, Newcastle University
  • Expert by Experience Speakers, Margaret Ogden and Cheryl Blake
  • Book Launch – Dr Kelly Stockdale author of chapter ‘Navigating Custodial Environments: Novel Psychoactive Substance Users Experiences of Stigma’ in Addison, McGovern and McGovern (2022) Drugs, Identity and Society, Palgrave Macmillan

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Event Programme - Inequalities, social harm and weaponised stigma: emerging research and future priorities

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