In any given year one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health illness. Talking about mental health struggles and educating people about stigma and the challenges involved is vital for the benefit of society. This is the goal of the Stigma-Free Society and Robyn Thomas, Community Development Manager, is the face and force behind the Stigma-Free Zone Movement in schools on Vancouver Island.
Linda Reid, MLA, Richmond South Centre, shares about the success of the Stigma-Free Zone Movement in British Columbia.
SHAW TV sits down with Andrea Paquette, Robyn Thomas and Jacquie Gonzales to talk about the Stigma-Free Society. Thank you so much Daphne Goode for all of your support over the years.
Pacific Autism Family Network is the first charity in Canada to be working toward their Stigma-Free Zone designation.
They have a team of Stigma-Free Champions that includes Lucas Gates, Ambassador, Laura Lombardi, Vice President, Foundation and additional staff members with the support of Co-Founders Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia.
The Stigma-Free Society is excited to be working with this very effective organization and having all of the Stigma-Free Zone criteria complete in the upcoming months.
Andrea Paquette, AKA Bipolar Babe, shares her personal story in a brief 8 minute talk to over 500+ people at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
There are numerous stigmas that exist in society such as mental illness, racism, sexual orientation, that contribute to our perceptions and attitudes of people. The Stigma-Free Zone programs support and educate individuals, especially youth, to manage their personal mental wellness. GenWhy TV talkes with Andrea Paquette at the Shaw Studio.
Andrea is the winner of the 2015 Courage to Come Back Award for the Mental Health category. Have a glimpse into the life of the Bipolar Babe and please share if you are inspired! 🙂
This video is the property of Coast Mental Health.
Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Stigma-Free Society AKA Bipolar Babe is a 2016 Face of Mental Illness for the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), Sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk.
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The Stigma-Free Society, formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC, is a registered non-profit since January 2010. Charity Registration Number: 827676867 RR0001