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Check out the Opening Minds Interim Report

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.

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Together Against Stigma

In June 2012, the MHCC and the World Psychiatric Association hosted the fifth international conference on stigma reduction: Together Against Stigma: Changing How We See Mental Illness. The largest stigma-related event on record, it drew 670 researchers, practitioners, policy makers, advocates, caregivers and people with lived experience to Ottawa, Canada to share research, programs, best practices and personal stories.

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Opening Minds coordinated and funded a series of evaluation projects of anti-stigma programs for healthcare providers, one of OM's key target groups, with the ...

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The Mental Health Education program at the Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region (CMHA - Calgary) is a contact-based education program focusing on ...

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The Downward Spiral of Systemic Exclusion Final Report James D. Livingston, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary’s ...

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The PSP Adult Mental Health Module was developed to enhance the capacity and comfort of family physicians to diagnose and engage patients in the management of their ...

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The Durham TAMI Coalition will provide the assembly model to schools that have participated in a summit and want to continue to increase awareness of mental illness ...

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This intervention was a one-hour online training course to help faculty better understand their role in identifying and supporting students with mental health issues.

Videos

Mark Tewsksbury speaks about mental health
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Mark Tewsksbury speaks about mental health

Respected and diverse Canadian celebrities discuss their personal experience with stigma and mental illness. Opening Minds is the anti-stigma/anti-discrimination initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

Opening Minds is the largest systematic effort in Canadian history focused on reducing stigma and seeking to change Canadians' behaviours and attitudes toward people living with mental illness.

Glenn Close (actress), Jessie Close (sister), and Calen Pick (nephew) speak about stigma
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Glenn Close (actress), Jessie Close (sister), and Calen Pick (nephew) speak about stigma

Together Against Stigma: Changing How We See Mental Illness -- a three-day conference organized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the World Psychiatric Association Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Illness.

Roslyn's Story; How nurses help patients walk the journey of recovery
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Roslyn's Story; How nurses help patients walk the journey of recovery

MHCC HEADSTRONG: Youth Anti-Stigma Initiative
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MHCC HEADSTRONG: Youth Anti-Stigma Initiative

MHCC HEADSTRONG is the youth anti-stigma campaign of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). The stigma that surrounds mental health problems and mental illnesses is keeping many people from seeking help when they need it most. Often the first symptoms are experienced during teenage years. This initiative brings together youth from a variety of schools to a regional summit where they hear stories from people with lived experience of mental health problems or mental illnesses. These students are going back to their schools and spreading messages of hope and recovery, reducing stigma and affecting real change.

Opening Minds Interim Report 11.18.2013
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Opening Minds Interim Report 11.18.2013

The Opening Minds Interim Report is the result of the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history from the Mental Health Commission of Canada's anti-stigma initiative, Opening Minds. It was released on November 18, 2013, and details work from the earliest days of Opening Minds to the present. The report also highlights some of the important findings of that work, as well as outlining future plans for combating what is one of the most difficult challenges facing people living with mental illnesses and the mental health community.

Learn more about the Interim Report.

Glenn Close and Lisa Raitt talk about stigma and Opening Minds
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Glenn Close and Lisa Raitt talk about stigma and Opening Minds

Glenn Close is an actor who founded BringChange2Mind, a campaign to eradicate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Lisa Raitt is a federal government minister who has lived experience with depression. In June 2012, both spoke about the impact of stigma on their lives during "Together Against Stigma: Changing How We See Mental Illness," the world's largest anti-stigma conference.

Learn more about Opening Minds, MHCC's anti-stigma initiative.

Shelagh Rogers speaks about mental health
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Shelagh Rogers speaks about mental health

Respected and diverse Canadian celebrities discuss their personal experience with stigma and mental illness. Opening Minds is the anti-stigma/anti-discrimination initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

Opening Minds is the largest systematic effort in Canadian history focused on reducing stigma and seeking to change Canadians' behaviours and attitudes toward people living with mental illness.

Michael Landsberg speaks about mental health
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Michael Landsberg speaks about mental health

Respected and diverse Canadian celebrities discuss their personal experience with stigma and mental illness. Opening Minds is the anti-stigma/anti-discrimination initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

Opening Minds is the largest systematic effort in Canadian history focused on reducing stigma and seeking to change Canadians' behaviours and attitudes toward people living with mental illness.

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