Mental illness can affect anybody, regardless of age, gender, culture, ethnicity, or social class. But no matter who they are, people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness are all likely to experience stigma. Public attitudes and beliefs, often based on fear and misunderstanding, stereotype individuals with mental illness, exposing them to prejudice and discrimination.
Stigma infects every issue surrounding mental illness, often with worse consequences than the illness itself. In 2001, the World Health Organization declared stigma to be the “single most important barrier to overcome in the community.
Following are the 3 Stop the Stigma webcasts:
This initial webcast has been created by the OHA in partnership with the Mood Disorder Society of Canada (MDSC). This webcast focuses on the stigma of mental illness among health care professionals and examines statistics as they relate to mental health issues, with a focus on the incidence, prevalence and burden of mental illness.
This broadcast will also focus on the development of anti- stigma training for health care professionals, why the development of this program was thought necessary, and why doctors agreed so readily to work with the MDSC.
The second broadcast in a series of stop the stigmamental health webcasts focuses on the stigma related to Depression. This broadcast will examine statistics as they relate to depressive disorders, with a focus on the effect these disorders have on those diagnosed, those close to them and on society as a whole. Following this overview, Mental Health Advocate, Harmony Brown will share her story of living with depression
This third broadcast will examine statistics as they relate to anxiety disorders, with a focus on the effect these disorders have on those diagnosed, those close to them and on society as a whole. Following this overview, Mental Health Advocate, Kendra Fisher will share her story of living with anxiety.
To learn more about these complimentary webcasts and to register, click on the links below:
Registration for these webcasts are free so register today!