Meet our Stigma-Free Scholarship Winner, Daphnée!

We’re excited to introduce Daphnée, one of our Stigma-Free Scholarship winners! In this interview, she shares about her inspiring journey and personal experiences with stigma as someone living with borderline personality disorder. Keep reading to learn more about her story! When Daphnée was first diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), she felt a sense of […]

Lisa’s Story: Meet Our Stigma-Free Scholarship Winner!

Meet Lisa, one of the winners of our Stigma-Free Scholarship offered in partnership with the Otsuka Lundbeck Alliance! After being raised in an environment where mental health was considered “taboo,” Lisa was reluctant to seek mental health support and faced many challenges as a result of stigma. Now, she has found her voice and is […]

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the Holidays

Although it’s important to prioritize mental health year-round, it can be difficult to make time for self-care during the holidays. If you are struggling this season and it seems like everyone around you is in high spirits, know that you’re not alone: 38% of people report feeling more stressed around the holidays due to financial […]

Forming Habits That Serve Our Mental Wellbeing

You probably have daily habits that you don’t think much about, like having a cup of coffee in the morning or brushing your teeth before bed. Some habits set us up for success and greatly improve our quality of life. Others may not serve our mental health or hold us back from achieving our goals. […]

How to Improve Your Mental Health Through Journaling

Are you looking for a new activity to implement in your self-care routine? Journaling is an easy and effective way to boost your mental health and overall wellness. Many people keep a journal simply to record their memories, but it can also be used to improve your mood and develop a more positive mindset over […]

Coping With Loneliness and Social Isolation

If you are feeling lonely right now, you might be relieved to find out how many people are going through the same thing. There’s a social stigma around loneliness that sometimes prevents people from talking about their experience openly, which can make them feel even more isolated. But the reality is, loneliness has become a […]

Apply Today for a $2000 Stigma-Free Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students

The Stigma-Free Society is extremely proud to announce that we are once again partnering with Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance to offer TWO deserving post-secondary students. Two $2000 scholarships will be allocated toward their educational pursuits! This is the forth year that the Society has been able to provide these amazing scholarships and it is because of our […]

Oya’s Story as a Woman With ADHD

In light of ADHD Awareness Month, Stigma-Free Society recently had a conversation with Oya, a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Oya is a Teaching Assistant, researcher, and graduate student. Read about her experience below! How has living with ADHD affected different areas of your life, such as your career or […]

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

When you hear the words “obsessive compulsive disorder,” what comes to mind? Like other mental health disorders, there are stereotypes about OCD that lead to misunderstanding and perpetuate stigma. For example, many people falsely believe that if someone is diagnosed with OCD, it simply means they are exceptionally tidy and organized. In reality, people with […]

Peer Support Training for Rural Residents – Sign Up Today for our Fall 2022 Session

In partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, the Stigma-Free Society is proud to announce our upcoming Peer Support Worker Training sessions, tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada. This two-day virtual course will be held on October 25 and November 1 (8am – 4pm PST, 10am – 6pm CST, 11am – 7pm EST, with breaks). […]

The 3 Principles Youth Group

By: Sanjana Karthik The 3 Principles of Psychology is a concept taught by Sydney Banks, a Canadian broadcaster and producer. This is a concept that is showcased across the globe; supporting more people in experiencing a richer life. The 3 Principles Youth Group is a free opportunity for youth to have meaningful conversations once a […]

Mindfulness and DBT for Mental Health

Mindfulness and DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) are two related and powerful practices that you can cultivate by following some simple self-care exercises. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness arises from non-judgemental attention to the present moment. It involves tuning in to what is happening right now, both within yourself and in your external environment. Learning to slow […]

Storwell Self Storage Offers a $2,000 Annual Bursary to Help Foster Children Pursue Their Post-Secondary Education

According to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, right now there are approximately 63,000 Canadian children living in permanent care with foster families, extended family, or in group homes. Across the country, 235,000 children and youth have been identified as having experienced or being at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. These children and youths […]

How To Talk To Your Child About Mental Health

Talking to a child about their mental health may seem like a daunting task, but one of the most critical aspects to managing mental illness is WIDE OPEN COMMUNICATION. The more comfortable you are with talking about emotions, feelings and, if need be, illness, the more solid the foundation of trust you will build with […]

Amanda Sprayberry’s Story

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you use writing and blogging as a way of coping with mental illness? I began writing in my early teenage years. I never felt like I could voice the emotions I was feeling, so writing was the outlet that I know many to understand as […]

Kristiyana’s Mental Health Story: Becoming Your Own Best Friend

Kristiyana Yordanova is 24-years-old and is currently studying psychology and neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. She spoke to us about learning to manage her destructive negative thoughts and how to avoid toxic relationships to find greater self-compassion and self-esteem. Can you please share a bit about yourself and your passion for mental health […]

Stigma-Free Faces Fundraiser Success

With the goal of supporting the growth and development of vital mental health programming, on May 26th, 2022 the Stigma-Free Society hosted the “Stigma-Free Faces Fundraiser.” The event featured inspiring videos and livestream interviews with diverse community members who have lived experience of mental health challenges and are advocating to stomp out stigma and discrimination […]

How to Manage Re-Entry Anxiety

As lockdown measures lift across Canada, concerns about the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain high. If you are experiencing anxiety about re-entering the workplace and resuming your regular habits, you are not alone! The good news is that there are proactive steps you can take to manage and overcome your worries. Accept Uncertainty You […]

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

The Stigma-Free Society recently had an eye-opening and important conversation with a thirty-year-old woman who lives with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She wishes to remain anonymous due to the stigma that is unfortunately often associated with personality disorders. For those of us who are unfamiliar with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), can you tell us what […]

Peer Support Training for Rural Residents

In partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, the Stigma-Free Society is proud to announce our upcoming Peer Support Worker Training sessions, tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada. This two-day virtual course will be held on May 30th and June 6th (8am – 4pm PST, 10am – 6pm CST, 11am – 7pm EST, with […]