Entries by Andrea Paquette

Meet our Stigma-Free Scholarship Winner Megan!

“I really had to grieve my changed sense of identity when I was diagnosed, at first, because I took it hard.” These were Megan’s thoughts as she remembered the moment she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago. Megan struggled with a lot of self-stigma and biases that had come from what she had […]

Meet our Scholarship Winner – Trisha Cull

  We are extremely proud to introduce to you Trisha Cull, winner of the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance and Stigma-Free Society Scholarship. Registered in the Inter-professional Mental Health & Addictions (IMHA) post-graduate program at Camosun College, Trisha will use this money to help pay for her tuition and books, something she wasn’t sure how she was going […]

Our School Presentations Have Gone VIRTUAL

What a year 2020 has been! As with most everything and everyone, the Stigma-Free Society continues to adapt to rules and regulations dictated by this incredible global pandemic we are living through. We’d like to offer our sincerest gratitude to everyone in the Stigma-Free community who continue to support us, get involved and expand our […]

16 Ways to Boost Your Mood & Mental Wellness

The Covid-19 global pandemic has changed the way most of us live our lives. While we maneuver our way through month after month of new restrictions, it’s taken a toll on many people’s mental health. The way we used to live our day-to-day lives has changed drastically and although it is hard to keep up,  […]

Visit the Student Mental Health Toolkit

The Stigma-Free Society believes that mental health education ought to be integrated into all classrooms across British Columbia and beyond. Over the past few months we’ve been working hard to create our Student Mental Health Toolkit for youth, educators, school counsellors, and parents/guardians, who want to teach and promote mental wellness for Grades 4-7 and […]

Position Filled – Apply for the Stigma-Free Society Grant Writer Position today!

Please apply for the Stigma-Free Society Grant Writer position today! We are looking for a passionate, profound and persuasive writer! If you are passionate about mental health and also have experience with writing non-profit fundraising grants with meaningful success then please contact us! The Stigma-Free Society is looking to hire a Grant Writer for on […]

The Importance of Mental Health Education in Schools

Early social and emotional development lay the foundation for resiliency throughout the lifespan. However, 70% of adults with mental illness see symptoms emerge in childhood and adolescence. Some facts you should know… • Mental illness affects approximately 1.2 million youth in Canada. • By age 25, that number increases to 7.5 million (1 in 5 […]

The Stigma-Free Society Supports You this Coming Fall and Always

Summer is ending and Fall is definitely in the air and our team at the Stigma-Free Society is feeling a little humbled, nostalgic and thankful. We are all living through a global pandemic and no one knows what is to come next, but for now, we want to take a moment to wish all of […]

5 Ways to Boost your Mental Health in 35 Minutes or Less

Let’s face it – some days you just feel crummy. Whether you had a terrible sleep, you’re stressed out or you just woke up in a negative mood – bad moods and negative mental health days happen. The good news? There are quite a few ways you can positively impact your mood and put yourself […]