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  1. Stigma and Discrimination Around Mental Health and Substance Use Problems

    [Info Sheet]

    About one in five people—over six and a half million Canadians—experience a mental disorder or substance use problem in their lifetime. Unfortunately, many people don’t ask for help because they feel ashamed or scared. People may judge them and treat them ...

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  2. Looking Into the Cultural Mirror

    [Visions Article]

    Addiction, secret lives and lost personhood R. Dan Small, PhD Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), pp. 29-30 "... I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because y ...

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  3. Visions- Stigma and Discrimination

    [Visions Article]

    PDF | Vol. 2, No. 6 (2005) The articles in this edition of Visions talk of the many forms stigma take—societal, interpersonal, internal. As readers of this issue, we are already likely aware of the negative, often destructive impact of stigma on the lives ...

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  4. LGBT People and Mental Health

    [Visions Article]

    Imagine knowing at a young age that you are different. Imagine that you see your difference contrasted everyday in the relationships you grow up around. Imagine that your peers hurl insults defining how you are different. Imagine that the social and cultu ...

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  5. Reducing Barriers

    [Visions Article]

    I’ve been giving awareness training on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities for Education Outreach Services at Qmunity, BC’s queer resource centre. I’ve led trainings for health care, social service and criminal justice workers, as we ...

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  6. Pathologizing Sexuality and Gender

    [Visions Article]

    What makes us desire partners of one sex or another? What makes us feel “male” or “female”? What is “normal” and what is not? What can be considered “pathological” (i.e., unhealthy or sick)? These questions have taken on great importance over the last hun ...

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