Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction

The Scattergood Foundation’s vision is to “be Thomas Scattergood” for the twenty-first century, seeking opportunities for productive dialogue and learning within the behavioral health field; and activating leadership and collaborative endeavors by awarding targeted grants to address important behavioral health needs in innovative ways.

Tim Clement, MPH
Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction


Date Project Title
07/2013 to 07/2015 Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction


Stigma Reduction in Action in the Delaware Valley

The Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction, Tim Clement, was interviewed recently by Maiken Scott of WHYY. The interview was about Tim's consultation and evaluation work with a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program for New Jersey police officers, which is conducted by the Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey (MHASWNJ.) In the...

Caveat Emptor: Careful with that Data

As the second decade of the 21st Century reaches its midpoint, using data and evaluating outcomes has become more and more important across a variety of fields. While data has long been the lifeblood of science, technology, and commerce, it is becoming increasingly essential for organizations and agencies within the social sector. However, these organizations and agencies must be careful that...

50 Years after the Community Mental Health Act

On October 31st 1963, John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act into law. It would be the last piece of legislation he approved before his assassination. The bill sought to shift people with serious mental illnesses from hospital-based treatment that required long and indefinite inpatient stays to community-based treatment. The belief was that care could be delivered more efficiently...

Advocates are not the PC Police

Timothy Clement, MPH Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction   As part of my role as the Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction, I regularly scan the news looking for articles about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination directed towards people with mental health conditions. Unfortunately, I am usually successful in my daily quest to unearth instances of stigmatization. When I find examples of...

Brandon Marshall Raises Awareness

 Thursday October 10, 2013 was World Mental Health Day, which took place during Mental Health Awareness Week. As World Mental Health Day turned into night, something notable took place at Soldier Field in Chicago. Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall took the field wearing equipment that did not match his teammates’ gear. The equipment in question was a pair of lime green cleats. This not...

Mental Health and Violence Prevention

Timothy Clement, MPH Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction   Last week another devastating tragedy occurred involving an individual with an apparent mental illness and victims seemingly selected at random. Just as with Jared Loughner, James Holmes, and Adam Lanza before him, Aaron Alexis armed himself and indiscriminately gunned down strangers for reasons that will never be clear. Within 24...

The Scattergood Foundation Stigma Guide

Download our stigma guide which provides a basic overview of what you need to know about stigma. This guide answers important questions regarding stigma like: What is it? What are its effects? How can it be reduced? Discussions about stigma have become more prominent recently and it is important to know what the research community has discovered about stigma and stigma reduction. This brief...

Behavioral Health, Privacy Laws, and Stigma

By Timothy Clement, MPH Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction

Laws designed to protect patients from negative ramifications resulting from disclosures of behavioral health treatment information exist at both the state and federal level. These laws recognize that revelations of protected health information regarding behavioral healthcare can have a more deleterious impact than similar...

Stigma in a Clinical Setting for Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Timothy Clement, MPH Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction

To being to examine the true cost of personality disorders, and since May is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) awareness month, we will focus on BPD in a series of blog posts. This is the second post in the series. CLICK HERE TO READ THE...

Is Stigma a Euphemism?

Timothy Clement, MPH Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction

Behavioral health advocates have long agreed that stigma presents a significant challenge to individuals living with mental illnesses. There is also a broad consensus that stigma impedes people in need from seeking behavioral health services. Recently, even politicians have voiced concerns about stigma, as evidenced by Senator...

Mental Health Stigma After a Tragedy

By: Timothy Clement, MPH Scattergood Fellow on Stigma Reduction

In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut there has been an increased focus upon improving access to mental health services, in addition to calls for a national dialogue about mental health. While both of these outcomes are necessary, we must be careful not to contribute to and exacerbate the stigma...