The Stigma-Free Society, sponsored by Coast Mental Health, conducts the Stigma-Free Speakers Training Workshop in Metro Vancouver and continues to work with Coast Mental Health peer support workers on an annual basis.

Participants learn about technical presentation skills in a one-day six hour session and engaged in broader discussions around societal and self-stigma, which encourages reflection and personal growth.

Participants gained practical speaking experience on how to share their personal story in a public forum through a variety of hands on  activities facilitated by Andrea Paquette and Rachel Fehr. 

Registrants attended two events for the Stigma-Free Speakers’ Training that was offered in Metro Vancouver, B.C.

  • Stigma-Free Speakers Training ‘Meet and Greet’ Luncheon
  • Stigma-Free Speakers Training one-day 6 hour Workshop 

The most recent Stigma-Free Speakers Training workshop was completed on March 25, 2018, and proved to be a great success!

We thank all of the Coast Mental Health Peer Support Workers who took part in this workshop. You are truly the reason for the success of the day! You are all very inspiring and we have great appreciation for all of you.

Rachel Fehr is the Co-Facilitator for the 2018 Program and the 2017 recipient of Coast Mental Health’s Courage To Come Back Award in Mental Health. Andrea is the President of the Stigma-Free Society and Lead Facilitator for the Stigma-Free Speakers Training. She is also known as the Bipolar Babe, the 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Recipient in Mental Health and national spokesperson as a Face for Mental Illness for Bell Let’s Talk.

Thank you Coast Mental Health for sponsoring the Stigma-Free Speakers Training Workshop. We are all deeply grateful for your valuable contribution to the lives of Coast’s Mental Health Peer Support Workers.