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What Colour is Stigma?

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By Sireesha Bobbili, Special Advisor/Project Coordinator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Social & Epidemiological Research, CAMH

What colours come to your mind when you think of stigma?

Or what images come to mind when you think of acceptance?

Do certain behaviours have a colour associated with them?

Over the course of a ten-week long workshop series at Unison Health and Community Services (UnisonHCS), primary healthcare providers and individuals with lived-experiences of mental illness and substance use issues (consumer/survivors) collaborated to answer these types of questions, to explore stigma, discrimination and recovery in the primary health care setting. Read more

Beyond Stigma

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By Craig Currah, Recreationist, Partial Hospital Program

A few weeks ago, CAMH received a concerned inquiry about a new program with a potentially stigmatizing name, which we were offering at the hospital. At first, I thought nothing of it – until I realized that this “new” program was actually one that I have been helping to facilitate! So before any further misunderstanding, let me explain the name and the program in a bit more detail. After all, its purpose is to dispel any myths by talking and sharing. Read more

It’s About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

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By Alex Abramovich, Postdoctoral Fellow, Social & Epidemiological Research Department
Originally published in Huffington Post

On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. The YMCA’s Sprott House in Toronto will operate Canada’s first LGBTQ2S transitional housing program. I am honoured to be among a group of community organizers and advocates working closely in partnership with the YMCA on the development of this historic program.

For those of you who still need to be convinced that we need such programs, or for those of you who may not necessarily understand the severity of the problem, let me explain… Read more

Changing Attitudes Since Tobacco Free Policy Launch

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By Lilian Riad-Allen, Project Manager, Tobacco Free Initiative

In my role leading the charge to go tobacco free, I am frequently asking people to share their tobacco free stories – for some this story is celebratory, for some this story is reflective and for others, this story can be nostalgic.

I was recently asked to share my own tobacco free story, and it dawned on me that I, too, had been on that transformational journey. As an undergraduate student, I completed a co-op placement at an Alzheimer’s day treatment program. As part of my role in that program, I was responsible for taking out one of the clients for a cigarette after meals. I recall that on some particularly cold days she would ask me “why are we going outside?” After raising this to my supervisors, they responded by telling me that if we failed to take her outside, she would be in withdrawal and would be difficult to manage. Read more

Standing Together in Pink

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By Olivia Heffernan, NYAC Co-Facilitator, and Maree Rodriguez, NYAC member

The idea for Pink Shirt Day started when a student came to school wearing a pink shirt and was made fun of for wearing it. Two students in the school heard about this incident and decided to do something about it. They went to their local discount store and bought fifty pink shirts and asked other students to wear pink in support of the student who was bullied. NYAC’s Olivia and Maree share their experiences with bullying, to raise awareness about this ongoing issue and important awareness day. Read more

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