Published on July 12th, 2016 | from CAMH

An Overview of our Anti-stigma Initiative for Primary Health Care Providers

By Sireesha Bobbili, Special Advisor/Project Coordinator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute of Mental Health Policy Research.  Infographic by Erin Lee, Communications Specialist, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute of Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH.

Stigma is a major source of harm for individuals with mental illness and substance use issues. Evidence shows that stigma can be related to problems finding employment and housing, which can lead to social isolation. Moreover, it has been found that health care providers, like the general public, are not immune to stigmatizing attitudes and practices. This can decrease the chances of individuals suffering from mental illness and substance use problems from seeking help and using services.

In order to address this issue, we’ve been working with three Toronto-based community health centres (CHCs) over the past five years to develop and pilot test an intervention   to mitigate the impact and address the root causes of mental illness and substance use related stigma.

Our evidence-based intervention used a systems approach, which focused on creating supportive environments for health care professionals to better provide non-stigmatizing recovery oriented services.

Check out our infographic that recaps our project, as well as profiles some of our exciting overall results!

We are so thrilled with the results from this pilot project that we’ve decided to scale up and further test the intervention via  cluster randomized control trials in two different contexts: with new CHCs in Toronto as well as with CHCs in Lima, Peru.

For more detailed information on the project, contact or visit our Portico Page

For updates on other projects from the Office of Transformative Global Health, follow @akwatukhenti

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