Released in November 2013, this report includes more information about Opening Minds and its evaluation of anti-stigma programs across Canada in the areas of healthcare professionals, media, youth, and the workplace. Check back here for news on the latest toolkits and other resources that can help you to combat stigma.
What Is The Issue?
Many people with mental health problems and mental illness often experience stigma — negative attitudes and the negative behaviours they produce. Stigma spreads fear and misinformation, labels individuals, and perpetuates stereotypes. More than 60 per cent of people with mental health problems and mental illness won't seek the help they need; stigma is one of the main reasons.
What Are We Doing?
Changing Directions, Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada calls on all Canadians to reduce stigma. The MHCC is working to reduce stigma in every area of its work. Its Opening Minds initiative, in partnership with some 110 organizations, aims to reduce discrimination by changing negative behaviours and attitudes often associated with mental health problems and mental illnesses.
What We've Learned
Change is possible. Stigma can be significantly reduced. People with mental health problems and mental illnesses can be treated respectfully and equally. To make this happen requires the collective effort of all Canadians — at home, at work, in schools, in the media, and on the frontlines of healthcare. The MHCC is developing the tools and resources to help everyone make this difference.