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Stigma and Discrimination


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 of persons with mental illness and/or addictions. Stigma will only cease to exist when people are valued for who they are. This issue takes a deeper look at first-hand experiences of living with stigma.


  • Editor's Message
    (Christina Martens)

  • Sticks and Stones, Policies and Words . . .
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma and Corrine Arthur)

  • Stigma and Discrimination in Canada
    (Senator Michael Kirby)

  • Mental Illness and Human Rights
    (Terry Kennedy and Susan O'Donnell)

  • Demystifying the Role of the DSM
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma and Joe Solanto)

  • On the Borderline
    (Carmen Lenihan)

  • The Stigma of Addiction Project
    (Margaret Kittel Canale and Ellie Munn)

  • Seniors, Alcohol and Stigma
    (Charmaine Spencer)

  • Not in My Backyard
    (Mykle Ludvigsen)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • I Want a Little Respect
    (Patrick Schnerch)

  • Does a Person Have to Look Sick to be Sick?

  • Today, I choose Life!
    (K.C. Younker)

  • Navigating the Stigma of Mental Illness and Addiction
    (Debbie Suian)

  • Stigma and Suicide: History, Real or Perceived?
    (P. Bonny Ball)

  • Living with Prejudice
    (Theresa Collinge) (online only)

  • Mental Disorders: The Result of Sin?
    (Marja Bergen)

  • Breakdown at Work
    (Max Danvers)

  • And the Cement Cracked and Crumbled Away

  • A Place to Call Their Own
    (Donna Murphy) (online only)

  • Stigmas Surrounding Eating Disorders: Interview
    (Elizabeth Thornton Cronin and Anne)

  • Adjusting Our Dreams

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Looking Into the Cultural Mirror
    (R. Dan Small)

  • Genetic Counselling and Mental Illness: Helping Families and Fighting Illness
    (Jehannine Austin)

  • Canadian Anti-Stigma Campaigns. A Review
    (Naomi Liu)

Regional Programs

  • Bad Endings
    (Bruce Saunders)

  • Mental Illness in Film: A Director's Take
    (David Dawson)

  • Partnership Education Program
    (Nicole Chovil)

  • Opening Minds
    (Ron Plecas)

  • Changing Attitudes at VIHA
    (Michael Reece and Sara Bristow)

  • On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Research and Social Change [book review]
    (Mailis Valenius)


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