By Jewel Bailey, CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre
The stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness and substances use challenges experience on a daily basis can lead them to avoid seeking help. When it occurs in a primary healthcare setting it can be felt even more deeply, and can have especially negative effects.
Primary healthcare providers can play a key role—they can cause stigma or be powerful agents against stigmatization.
In 2010, the CAMH Office of Transformative Global Health (OTGH) partnered with three Toronto-based Community Health Centres to develop and implement an anti-stigma, pro-recovery intervention among primary healthcare providers. On September 29, 2016, the CAMH Provincial System Support Program and OTGH hosted a webinar: “Improving Primary Health Care by Reducing Stigma.”
This webinar explored:
the development of the anti-stigma, pro-recovery project
the components of the intervention;
changes in attitudes and behaviours of the providers who took part in the pilot project.
The presenters were:
Akwatu Khenti, Director, OTGH, CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research
Jaime Sapag, Project Scientist, OTGH, CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research
Sireesha Bobbili, Special Advisor/Project Coordinator, CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research