B.C. mental health advocate seeks LGBTQ teens to share their stories of resilience
The Stigma-Free Society is seeking youth in the LGBTQ2S+ community to share their stories in overcoming stigma, which will be a part of a video library in their new Online Stigma-Free Toolkit upcoming in 2020.
Andrea Paquette, Stigma-Free Society, President, shares her story of living with Bipolar Disorder to help others and ensure that nobody suffers in silence like she once did.
Stay tuned for exciting development with the new Online Stigma-Free Toolkit Program.
Victoria partners on ‘Stigma-Free Zone’ event tonight
In partnership with the City of Victoria, the Stigma-Free Society is aiming to declare City Hall a stigma-free zone.
“I’m excited to say that once we’ve completed this work – it’s a work in progress – that Victoria would be the first city with this designation,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday. “This is really important to the City, working toward eliminating stigma and promoting mental health and community wellness.”
A ‘Stigma-Free Zone’ community event happens tonight (March 20) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Garry Oak Room of the Fairfield Community Centre next to Sir James Douglas elementary.
Spectrum Community School to Become the First Stigma-Free Zone School in Victoria, BC
A group of Spectrum Community School students is seeking to make the high school Vancouver Island’s first “stigma-free zone.”
The newly formed Spectrum Philanthropy Club, a group of mostly Grade 12 students, invited Robyn Thomas from the Stigma Free Society to help kick off the initiative last Wednesday morning.
Thomas addressed some 300 Spectrum students in the drama theatre about her own story of mental health, overcoming PTSD, and what can be done to break down certain stigmas including mental health, along with all negative stereotypes, she said.
“We’ll work with the school for the year to help it work towards being a stigma-free zone,” Thomas said. “It’s a process and at the end we’ll designate the school a stigma-free zone.”