Stop the Stigma: Mental Health Webcast Series

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in partnership with the Mood Disorder Society of Canada (MDSC) is pleased to present a series of three free broadcasts in the Stop the Stigma mental health webcast series. These webcasts focus on the stigma of mental illness among health care professions and in relation to Anxiety and Depression.

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 affects 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”.

Review the three links below that you can visit:

Stop the Stigma: Mental Illness Within the Health Care Profession

This webcast will examine statistics as they relate to mental health issues, with a focus on the incidence, prevalence and burden of mental illness. It 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.Mental Health

Following this webcast you will have a better understanding of:

  • The prevalence of mental health related stigma
  • The effect stigma has on those experiencing mental illness
  • The training available to reduce stigma related to mental illness in the health care profession
  • The need for collaborative work to reduce mental health stigma
  • What structural stigma is and how it can increase risk and  limit quality of care

Watch the webcast now.

 Stop the Stigma: The Face of Anxiety

This webcast 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.

Following this webcast you will have a better understanding of:

  • The prevalence of anxiety disorders
  • The direct and indirect effect these disorders have
  • Awareness of the stigma associated with these disorders
  • The need for collaborative work to reduce mental health stigma

Watch the webcast now.

Stop the Stigma: The Face of Depression

This webcast 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.

Following this webcast you will have a better understanding of:

  • The prevalence of depressive disorders
  • The direct and indirect effect these disorders have
  • Awareness of the stigma associated with these disorders
  • The need for collaborative work to reduce mental health stigma

Watch the webcast now.

Many people living with MS or any other disability for that matter may be susceptible to MDSC; to view any of the webcasts seen above please visit Stop the Stigma.

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