Victoria to Become First-Ever Stigma-Free City in Canada: Community Event
In partnership with the City of Victoria, the Stigma-Free Society is hosting a Stigma-Free Zone Community Event on March 20th, 2018. The purpose of this event is to ignite dialogue around mental health and stigma, and to announce that the City of Victoria is committing to working toward their Stigma-Free Zone designation for City hall and eventually the city itself.
The event will take place on March 20th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Garry Oak Room at the Fairfield Community Centre, 1335 Thurlow Rd. Elected officials, community leaders, general public and media outlets are invited to attend.
Mayor Lisa Helps and Councillor Jeremy Loveday will discuss the importance of mental health and strategies to make the City of Victoria a Stigma-Free Zone. Andrea Paquette, President, Stigma-Free Society, and Robyn Thomas, Community Development Manager for Vancouver Island, will also share their authentic and honest journeys through mental illness and stigma.
The Stigma-Free Zone Movement was co-founded by Andrea Paquette, President and Stigma-Free Society and Dave Richardson, Board Chair, and the movement is focused on Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island in an effort to turn awareness of stigma into concrete actions.
“The City of Victoria’s commitment to become a Stigma-Free Zone is a significant step and we hope that other cities throughout BC and eventually Canada will follow,” says Paquette.
Schools, businesses/ organizations, and geographical areas may all be designated as a Stigma-Free Zone. Specific stigma-reducing activities, hosting mental health presentations, as well as conducting a needs assessment are examples of the criteria involved in becoming a Stigma-Free Zone.
More information on Stigma-Free Zones may be found at: www.stigmafreezone.com
The Stigma-Free Society is a registered Canadian Charity with a true grass-roots history, born in Victoria in 2010. The Society has designed programs providing education about stigmas with an emphasis on mental health, and offers peer support for those facing mental health challenges.
You must register for the event to attend, so we can determine refreshments and such. 🙂