We Reached our $20k Goal! THANK YOU!

A Warm and Grateful Message from the Stigma-Free Society Team…

We had an INCREDIBLE week last week with our first ever online fundraiser “”Helping Stigma-Free Society During COVID-19”. Through the generous support of the beautiful community around us, we reached our goal of $20,000 and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who donated and who participated in our event.

Throughout the day we had interviews and information sessions about stigma, mental health, how COVID-19 is affecting us and, of course, information on our online COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit.

Donations came in throughout the day and with every donation our confidence grew. Not only did our confidence grow in being able to achieve our financial goal we had set for ourselves, but also in the work that we do as a charity. With every donation, people were not only supporting us financially, they were also letting us know that they appreciate and believe in the work we do, encouraging us to continue to grow and expand.

Our work is important and will continue during these unprecedented times – this message was heard loud and clear from all who supported, and continue to support us.

What are we going to do with the donations? Great question. Below are just a few ways we’ll be allocating the donations within our charity:

  • Convert the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit into a General Wellness Toolkit;
  • Add new sections to our General Wellness Toolkit, including  “Defeating Racism during COVID-19” and “How to Help a Friend with Mental Health Issues”;
  • Create and develop new resources such as an Online Distress quiz and a comprehensive Guide for Parents on helping their child struggling with mental health;
  • Sustaining the significant cost of the Youth Toolkit program;
  • Write, create and develop new initiatives such a Wellbeing Toolkits for various other demographics that will reach an even larger audience and will help us branch out from our focus on youth;
  • And SO MUCH MORE.

Once again, thank you to those who took time out of their busy schedules to be a part of our online fundraiser. Thank you to those who supported us with messages, comments and emails throughout the day. And THANK YOU to the many, many people who donated before, during and after the fundraiser to Stigma-Free Society.

A special thank you to those who donated on behalf of Jaime Traynor. Our deepest love, gratitude and appreciation to you and your loved ones. We will honour Jaime’s memory with our good work and promise to continue to help educate and raise awareness on various stigmas, with a focus on mental health. Jaime – we miss you and love you.

THANK YOU STIGMA-FREE COMMUNITY!

We are beyond grateful.

Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager, SFS

Special Guest Blogger – Jenica Pong: On COVID-19 as a Student and Taking Virtual Action!

It was a huge change not returning in class after spring break. With the weight of the pandemic sinking in I began to understand how this would affect the rest of my year: no band concert, no year end dance show, no school carnival; I wouldn’t be playing Pomp and Circumstance or get to watch my friends a year older graduate. Looking back, these events seem minuscule compared to what became the huge scope of COVID-19, but this was the first time I had ever gone without these year end markings.

Beyond listening to new music and taking walks, it was apparent that through quarantine getting back into activities virtually was important. After a week of initial shock, I was extremely grateful to see how quickly teachers, classmates, and my peers were adapting. (Although this is my experience, COVID-19 has changed our “normal” and I know this isn’t the reality for many people who aren’t privileged with this time, health, technology, and capacity to have so many opportunities virtually!). To the dismay of my family and neighbours, my 3 hour tap class was moved entirely online through Zoom. We were able to adapt our show into video versions. I’m so proud that together we still completed the project despite never seeing each other in person.

In terms of remote learning, my mom is a high school teacher and seeing the behind the scenes of what teachers were doing to make the transition online easier was amazing (shoutout to my Mom!! Hi!!). My school ran through teams and we’d have video calls once a week, then we got assignments from each teacher. Sometimes keeping track of everything was difficult but I was in a rhythm by the end with an online agenda.

Some of the coolest things I got to be a part of was youth led initiatives as everything transitioned online. Yes, teenagers are quick to learn new programs, but both our Burnaby Mountain Student Council and the youth climate strike group Sustainabiliteens worked with impressive efficiency in virtual meetings. For Council, my friend Natasha and I spearheaded taking spirit weeks online, posting photo and song challenges on our instagram. Sustainabiliteens were right in the middle of creating new regional groups all over BC and I got to be a part of intake online. They utilized Slack channels, calls with breakout rooms for discussion, and interactive presentations. It has been so interesting to be organizing with people from all over the province that I have never met in person.

Despite all these wonderful opportunities there’s one challenge that’s becoming clear after almost 3 months of virtual existence… how much I miss being able to meet new people face to face, properly shake their hands, and make conversation! We have been consistently doing check-ins during calls, but nothing replaces the laughs and energy of being side by side. I know that focusing on the big picture helps: that us meeting virtually and our efforts are a small step towards this huge climb where we WILL be able to see each other again (possibly still without handshakes and loads more sanitizer).

In my experience, physical isolation does not mean you have to stop being socially connected or taking action, with the right mindset the uncomfortable or abnormal may become (excuse the cliche) the new normal. My time in quarantine has given me so many lessons about collaborating without seeing your group in person and the value of being with others, which we often take for granted.

Author, Jenica Pong

Stigma-Free COVID-19 Online Full-Day Fundraiser – We Need Your Help!

At the Stigma-Free Society we are extremely proud of the work we have been doing to educate and raise awareness about various stigmas, with a focus on mental health in schools, businesses and organizations. When COVID-19 hit, the way we educate and help students and individuals in the community had to change. We responded urgently and are aiming to remain adaptable to change the way we work, and we did so urgently by tirelessly designing, developing, and releasing our Stigma-Free Youth Wellness Toolkit for youth (grades 4-6) and teens (grades 7-12).

The Toolkit was designed for youth and teens’ learnings about mental wellness, and it has become an invaluable resource for parents, educators and counsellors to help them navigate conversations about COVID-19, mental health and provide resources and ideas to keep children and students engaged in a positive way.

Unfortunately, along with COVID-19 came quite a bit of funding barriers and significant losses to our Charity and we need your help.

We have huge plans in place to continue to support our Stigma-Free community in new and unique ways that include creating an interactive guide for parents navigating the mental health system, designing a Rural Mental Wellness Tookit and a Mental Health Toolkit for Indigenous communities.

On June 24, 2020 we are having a day-long Online Marathon Fundraising event on Facebook LIVE!

Please join us throughout the day and donate what you can. We need your support now more than ever.

We are seeking 1000 people to give $20, or whatever they wish on, or before June 24th, 2020!

To donate to our charity on and before, June 24th, donate through this LINK.

We also have guest celebrity 4-Time Olympian Silken Lauman, Author of Unsinkable and Founder of Unsinkable Stories!

We would love your support on June 24th and cannot wait for you to watch the incredible interviews we will be hosting. You will also receive loads of information and support throughout each segment on helping your children and/or students during, not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also throughout their lives.

Please join us and support our charity on June 24th! It’s going to be an amazing day filled with information, interviews and fun.

The Full Line-Up for the day can be found on the Stigma-Free Society’s Facebook Event Page.

Remember, you don’t have to attend the whole day, but do drop by for whatever 30 min. segment interests you, or come over and post your hello!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

 

Written by, Lindsay Goulet, CDM, Stigma-Free Society

10 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health on a Rainy Day

A lot of people love a good rainy day. It’s a great excuse to hunker down under your blankets and stay inside for the day. However, for some, rainy days can be really difficult, particularly if they’re battling a mental illness like depression or anxiety.

The good news? There are ways for you to boost your mental health on these dark and dreary days! Below are 10 ways that you can boost your mood while the sky remains grey and the rain continues to fall.

      • Get some rest. Rainy days are the perfect day for you to rest and perhaps catch up on some sleep that your body and mind may desperately need. Resting and napping are not for the “lazy”, they’re for the people who need to take a break and are willing to take care of their mind and body through sleep and restorative practices.
      • Curb your desire to bring on the junk food. Eating well is an important way to help maintain and boost your mental health for the day. Sugary snacks don’t fuel your brain. Your brain needs vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates. Put the chips and chocolate away and grab an apple and some almonds to snack on.
      • Drink your water. Similar to #2, it’s also important to put away the sugary drinks and fill up your water bottle to hydrate yourself properly throughout the day. Shoot for at least 3L of water per day, but of course, just try your best.
      • Get outside. Yes, it’s rainy. Yes, the sun isn’t out. But yes, you can still get outside for a nice 30-minute walk. Grab your umbrella and get your body moving. Rain jackets are made for this type of activity, so get up and get walking.
      • Limit your screen time. While it might be tempting to snuggle under your blankets and catch up on all things Facebook or binge-watch a new show, it’s best if you limit your screen time. Best to recommend no more than 2 hours per day.In fact, researchers in an article by Twenge & Campbell, 2018 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6214874/) found the well-being was negatively impacted after 1 hour of screen time. Anything over 1 hour resulted in progressive feelings of negative well-being. We’re being a little more lenient with our recommendation of no more than 2 hours per day because if you’re going to watch a movie, you’re going to need more than an hour!
      • Phone a friend. Rainy days are a great chance to reach out to friends or family you haven’t had time to speak with in awhile. Grab your phone and reach out to connect! The connection, laughter and joy of reconnecting will help boost your mental health for the day. There are a lot of at-home workouts you can do. On top of getting outside and going for a walk, complete a short, metabolic workout. This type of workout is known for releasing endorphins and serotonin – both chemicals knows to be mood enhancers. Not sure what to do? CLICK HERE for a great at-home, no equipment workout.
      • Write in a gratitude journal. Sometimes it’s difficult to pull yourself out of feeling blue, but gratitude often helps. Sit down with a pen and paper and write 20 things you are grateful for. Once you’ve listed your gratitude, read the list at least twice (three times is even better) and reflect on each item on your list.
      • Get yourself a Sun Lamp! Vitamin D is important in helping boost your mood. If you’re feeling particularly blue, tired, stressed one day and the sun is hiding behind grey clouds, get yourself in front of a Vitamin D lamp. Try to also make sure you’re getting Vitamin D into your body through food – good sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon, vitamin-D fortified foods like orange juice or dairy, cheese and egg yolk.
      • Be productive. While the desire may be to sleep the day away (and that’s okay sometimes), why not use the day to cross off something you’ve been meaning to do? Organize your closet, read a book you’ve been meaning to read, plan your garden for the spring/summer. Whatever you’ve had on your to-do list – get it done! It feels great to cross off those things you’ve been putting off! So go one – tackle one thing on your to-do list and reap the mood-boosting reward.

There are so many ways to take care of your mental health on rainy days! Try to embrace the grey and rain and take care of yourself on days you know you tend to go a little darker or days when you feel more anxious. Your mental health is in your hands – try your best to help ensure you’re as healthy as you can be.

Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager, SFS

Tips for Parents to Help Their Kids Cope with “Increasing the Bubble”

For months now, we have been waiting for news on when and how we will get back to our new “normal” after COVID-19. Now, as we begin to see our world slowly opening back up,  be aware that your kids may have more questions, more anxiety and more worry over the coming weeks.

While this is uncharted territory for most of us, there are things that parents can do to help kids understand why “slow” is the way to go, and taking this approach may help decrease the worry that they may be experiencing from all of the unknowns they are required to process every day.

Tip #1: Stores are different now – prepare your kids for the changes they’ll see when they’re out.

It’s important to remember that although you have, most likely, been out to the stores over the past few weeks and seen all the changes (e.g. people wearing masks, plexi-glass up, lines on the floors indicating safe distances, etc.), this is all new to your child.

You’re going to want to tell them before you go out about the changes you’ve seen at the stores and the “rules” you would like them to follow so that expectations are clear. Suggestions for rules: don’t touch anything unless asked, keep a 2m distance from everyone except me, cough into your sleeve, be polite, try to remain calm.

Trips to the store can break up the monotony of pandemic living, but as a parent, it’s best if you let your kids know how the world has changed and what your expectations are before you head out.

Tip #2: Review the Recommendations

As we move into Phase 2 of opening our province back up, it’s important to keep up to date on what the “recommendations” are, according to the Province of BC (or whatever province you’re living in) and share them with your kids. Keeping your kids informed on updates that are pertinent to them (e.g. how many friends can they play or hang out with) may help decrease your child’s worry or anxiety about doing something “wrong”.

If your child is doing online schooling, they’re going to be discussing their lives and what they are and are not allowed to do. It will be important to discuss your family’s rules with your child as they may differ from those around them. Be clear on what your expectations are and provide your child with reasons as to why you are implementing each rule. Most children/youth/teens with anxiety like to have a plan and explanation of the plan. Maintaining order and scheduling may help decrease anxiety/worry.

Tip #3: Check in on how your child is feeling.

This tip may seem like a no-brainier, but parents have a lot of emotion going on and some days they get wrapped up in all the to do’s, chores, updates, etc. that they forget to verbally check in with their children and ask how they’re feeling about life, school, their friends and the pandemic they are living through.

This tip is simple: do a feelings check-in and walk through each area of your child’s life including home life, school life, online life, friendships they have and emotions they may be going through. It will also be important to check in with them after they’ve gone out to see how they managed and how they’re feeling about all the changes they may have noticed.

This leads to Tip #4.

Tip #4: Keep lines of communication wide open with everyone in contact with your child.

Similar to Tip #3, this tip is all about communication. However, it’s not only important to check with how your child is doing emotionally, it’s important to check in with how they’re doing on all levels – and not only with your child.

If your child is doing online school, check in with their teacher to see how they’re doing while “at school”. If your child is participating in extracurricular activities virtually, check in with their coach or their leader. Teachers, coaches and other leaders in your child’s life can provide important insight on how your child is coping in these different situations.

You can then take the information you learn from the other areas in your child’s life and talk things through a little more easily than if you weren’t armed with that information.

Communication is incredibly important with your child and with the people in your child’s life. Talk, talk, talk with your child, with the people in your child’s life and get involved and in-the-know about how they’re coping in the many different parts of their life.

And finally –

Tip #5: Have fun and try to lighten up a bit.

We’re living through a pandemic and it’s very difficult to do it well 100% of the time. As our world opens up, remember that we can still go out, have fun, laugh and enjoy life together. Although there are highly regarded recommendations to be followed, life still needs to be fun, silly and as light as we can possibly make it during these times.

Try to have fun with your kids and live life as happily and joyfully as you can.

Good luck, Parents. For more resources on how to talk to your kids about mental health or COVID-19, please check out the Parents Section of the Stigma-Free Society’s COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit. There is a TON of information and activities in the Toolkit including Conversation Cards, videos to explain COVID-19 and activity generators to help keep life light and fun!

Author, Lindsay Goulet, Parent & Community Development Manager of Vancouver Island

How Educators Can Use our NEW COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit

The Stigma-Free Society has been extremely pleased with the feedback on our new Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit. This new Toolkit is an online community-based participatory program that aims to promote mental wellness in grades 4-6 and grades 7-12. Both parents and students have provided incredibly useful feedback on the site, and the Charity is working hard every day to provide accurate information, additional resources, updated activities and continued education for educators, parents and students.

During the BETA launch of the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, we recognized that not only will parents and students benefit from the information on the site, but this is an incredibly useful tool to Educators who are navigating online education.

We are beyond excited to announce that the Surrey School District (SSD) is piloting our new Online Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit with their Educators in the coming months. The SSD has been an incredible supporter of the Stigma-Free Society and we are grateful for the support of Daniel To, Principal of the Surrey School District. Our Charity is very much looking forward to receiving feedback from all people who are helping to educate youth and teens.

The Stigma-Free Society welcomes your input on our Wellness Toolkit as an educational resource to online teaching. Upon visiting https://stigmafreetoolkit.com, click on the Educators Tab, which leads you to useful downloadable resources and showcases a menu to explore the rest of the website.

The COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit will be useful to Educators in the following ways:

  1. Help generate conversations with students during their online schooling (see SFS Conversation Cards);
  2. Explain COVID-19 to students in different ways and be a useful tool to help ensure that all students have the same information about COVID-19 (see our Video Library); and
  3. Provide ideas and suggestions for parents on activities that their kids can do to keep busy (see Youth/Teen Activity Generator).

Here are just a few ideas on how Educators can use the new COVID-19 Wellness Toolkit in their online classrooms:

  1. Share ‘Ben’s Story During COVID-19 Comic’ with students and have them create their own comic with their personal experiences at home, and ask them to re-frame their reactions during COVID-19;
  2. Share one of the many downloadable resources (e.g. 10 Ways to Help Manage Anxiety) and have students draft strategies that work well for themselves;
  3. Similar to the activity generator, have students create a poster on what they are doing to stay healthy during COVID-19 and have them refer to the poster during times of boredom, or confusion;
  4. Have students watch one of the many videos on the site and write a response about how they felt during the video, what they learned and information that helped them the most; and
  5. Have students refer to the ‘Inspiring Stories’ Page and share their own stories on a submitable 2-3 minute video, or research inspiring historical figures.

We truly appreciate Educators and especially those who have taken the time to navigate our new Online COVID-19 Toolkit.Thank you so much for providing us with some very useful feedback. We look forward to hearing from our Educators and learning how you are using the site, as well as hearing any feedback or suggestions that you may have.

Much support to you all during this time.

Author, Lindsay Goulet, CDM, Stigma-Free Society

Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit – COMING SOON!

The Stigma-Free Society is bound and determined to continue to educate youth on mental health issues and combat stigma of all kinds. With COVID-19 putting a halt to our school presentations, we decided to create a new online Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit.

Our new online COVID-19 Toolkit Program will inform educators and students in grades 4-6 and grades 7-12 about mental well-being, with an emphasis on living a Stigma-Free life. Without significant guidance and support, many young people may end up suffering in silence and isolation. The COVID-19 Toolkit Program will work to eliminate this harmful reality, and instead, provide tools and resources in a home learning environment that opens up conversations free of stigma, particularly about mental health while encouraging overall wellness. We are excited to be able to provide an extremely useful online resource for not only our youth and teens but also for parents and educators.

Here are just a few of the areas we are including in the online COVID-19 Wellness Toolkit:

  • Daily updated information from reputable sources on COVID-19 and its impact on Canadians;
  • Resources and mental health assessments for youth and teens, so they are able to check in on their mental health;
  • Activity ideas for both youth and teens to help them stay busy when they are unable to see friends in person, or participate in their regular extracurricular activities;
  • A parent resource section with “Stigma-Free Conversation Cards” that provide parents with questions to ask their children to spark conversations about COVID-19 and mental health;
  • The website features a Comic Book called, “Ben’s Story,” which highlights a young person’s approach to the COVID-19 situation;
  • Numerous illustrated animations and a 10 Tips for Mental Health Booklet showcases healthy avenues for youth to care for their mental well-being;
  • Resources that are youth and teen-friendly so they can navigate the site themselves and learn more about COVID-19 and mental health; and
  • Live events that include Q&A’s with a psychologist, workouts with a fitness professional and so much more!

The Stigma-Free Society’s plans to launch our new COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit on April 13, 2020, and we are working hard to create an incredible site that parents, educators, youth and teens can easily navigate and learn from. During these uncertain times, it is important for our youth to feel connected and educated on what is happening in the world around them. We are striving to create a program that provides accurate and important information in a helpful and non-scary way.

It is more important than ever that our youth learn about mental health and wellness, and take steps to help maintain their mental health every day. We hope that our site will provide them with the information they need to stay in a positive state of mental health and also provide resources for them should they find themselves struggling with their new reality.

Stay tuned for more information. We are also open to suggestions, so if you have an idea of what you’d like to see included in the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas at [email protected]

~Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager

Take Care of Yourself! Mental Health Supports during COVID-19 Crisis

Author Daniel To, District Principal, Surrey School District (Guest Post)

Take Care of Yourself! Mental Health Supports during COVID-19 Crisis

Other than for those who are true introverts – and are really relishing this current opportunity to stay home during the COVID19 crisis – (aka my father and my brother Dr. Nathan To https://www.thecounterstory.com) this time of social distancing and quasi isolation can be uncomfortable, even frightening for many folks. Many rely on social interaction – with co-workers, with classmates, with extended family, with friends – more than they even realize and when forced to suddenly cease contact, the shock to the mind and heart can be more than some are used to or able to bear.

Understanding the need to reach out and socialize in a different way is key to “making it” during these stressful and turbulent times. However, if the various forms of online actions are no enough, and you feel yourself in a grey or even dark place, consider reaching out to one of the following resources to support your own mental health.

Here are some great resources – they are British Columbia and Canada focused. But, if you’re reading from elsewhere, I am sure similar resources exist in your community.

For Parents and Care Givers, School Professionals, Health Care Professionals and/ or Youth and Young Adults

Kelty Mental Health: https://keltymentalhealth.ca

Foundry BC: https://foundrybc.ca

Government of British Columbia (but great general information): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/managing-covid-stress

BC Child Youth  Mental Health: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

Canadian Mental Health Association: https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health

Personal Counselling

Vitality Collective: https://vitalitycollective.ca/online-therapy

Dr. Nathan To, RCC: https://www.thecounterstory.com TJR Counselling: http://www.tjrcounselling.com

If any readers want to suggest any other links – please email me/ tweet me or reply to this blog. I’ll take a look and add it if appropriate.

Finally, a HUGE thank you to our Medical Professionals and First Responders (yes capitalized on purpose). In this war – they are the vanguard of our defence. They are risking themselves every day to make sure we stay safe.

For them – for my wife Michelle who wants to keep us safe while she works at the hospital – please do your best to stay home.

To Visit Daniel’s Blog: https://www.drdanielto.com

Stigma Free Society’s Program Delivery & Covid-19

In light of the current uncertainty surrounding the spread of Covid-19; the Stigma Free Society has determined that our responsibility to our staff and the community is best served by suspending all group gatherings, school presentations and public interactions effectively immediately. As such, the women’s group meetings, school and business presentations and other activities, which would involve group assemblies in close proximity are canceled at this time.

Canada’s pandemic goals, which are first, to minimize serious illness and overall deaths, and second to minimize societal disruption among Canadians. This approach will guide Canada’s response to COVID-19. This guidance considers the Canadian context and is based on currently available scientific evidence, expert opinion and public health assumptions. We will continue to follow their lead and respond to their recommendations.

We thank you graciously for your understanding and we will resume our program delivery in the future when it is safe to do so.

Let’s support and continue to demonstrate kindness, understanding, and acceptance of ourselves and others during these challenging times.

From Battling Lifelong Stigmas to Scholarship Award Winner – Meet Juls

We are incredibly proud to introduce you to Juls Budau, winner of the Stigma-Free Society – Otsuka Lundbeck Alliance Scholarship. Registered in the Masters in Social Work program at the Northern University of British Columbia, Juls will use this scholarship money to pay for her tuition, something she wasn’t sure how she was going to cover before she won the scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to inspirational individuals who are working towards ending stigmas and encouraging change in the field of mental health.

Juls’ Story:

Since 16, Juls has fought against a variety of stigmas, including living in poverty, mental illness, drug use, self-harming and sexual abuse. After being diagnosed with ADHD at age 31 and self-medicating for years, Juls battled the stigmas around mental illness and drug use. Years after diagnosis, she has finally received the support, education and guidance she needed to be able to successfully dive into her graduate work.

Now 36, Juls has set her sights on helping change health care policy. Hoping that her research on how cycles of perpetuating criminalization and stigmatization affect attitudes of the public, service providers and drug users themselves regarding the overdose crisis will help health care providers create a pocket of openness of safety for stigmatized individuals.

A message from Juls:

When asked what message she would like to give others she said,

“If you feel like your being stigmatized, remember to look at the person doing the stigmatizing – you need to find the right people to have in your life and those that stigmatize you are not your people”.

Living with and battling the numerous stigmas she’s faced in her life, Juls happily announces that she has learned that she is strong and smart – and that a lot of the opinions and negative attitudes she faced had to do with greater systems and economic control. Now, by further educating herself in the area of social work, we’re sure she will make a positive impact and create the change she is hoping to create.

Congratulations on your scholarship, Juls. We cannot wait to see the great work we know you’re going to do in the area of stigmatization. We are beyond proud to announce you as one of our scholarship winners. Good luck to you!

Thank you to Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance for their generous sponsorship in funding the Stigma-Free Society’s Stigma-Free Scholarships.

Author, Lindsay Goulet – Community Development Manager, SFS