Improving primary health care by reducing stigma

Stigma is a major source of harm for individuals with mental health and substance use issues. It can lead them to avoid seeking help and using services. Health care providers, like the general public, are not immune to attitudes and behaviours that stigmatize these individuals.

In 2010 an anti-stigma/antidiscrimination project was implemented to reduce stigma and discrimination by primary health care providers toward people with mental health and substance use issues.

This initiative was the result of a partnership between Office of Transformative Global Health at CAMH partnered with three Toronto-based Community Health Centres (CHC): Unison Health & Community Services, Central Toronto Community Health Centre, and South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, the project team from the Office of Transformative Global Health at CAMH shared:

  • an overview of the anti-stigma initiative;
  • discussed key findings.

Watch the webinar recording here and see the slides here.

The panelists

  • Akwatu Khenti, Principal Investigator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH
  • Jaime Sapag, Project Scientist, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH
  • Sireesha Bobbili, Special Advisor/Project Coordinator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH.

Additional resources

Anti-stigma project webpage

Ending Stigma Starts With You’ infographic

Ending Stigma Starts With You’ handout

EENet's Evidence in Action, profiling the project’s knowledge generation, exchange, and implementation activities

EENet’s Research As It Happens, highlighting evidence as it is being generated through the project: