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Mental Health Education

combating stigma

This Web-Based Continuing Medical Education (CME) program entitled “Combating Stigma for Physicians and other Health Professionals”. This interactive online course intends to educate family physicians and specialists in the recognition of stigma related to mental illness.  The course is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to recognize attitudes and behaviours that could potentially lead to stigma as well as provide an example of a practical clinical approach to helping doctors, other healthcare professionals and patients. Course Information

July 8: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has announced the five Canadians selected for the 12th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign (PDF)

May 8: Canada-Wide Defeat Depression Campaign Encourages Members of Parliament to Get Involved (PDF)

Apr 16: Ipsos Canada partners with MDSC to feature Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign and Work With Us on national Wellness Boards. (PDF)

Mar 25: Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to Speak at the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network Conference (News Release)

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Elephant in the Room Campaign

 

About the Campaign

Elephant in the Room is a national anti-stigma campaign designed to eliminate stigma associated with mental Illness.

When you display your blue elephant, you show that you care about the wellness of others and desmonstrate that this is a safe place to talk about mental illness without fear of being looked upon differently.

When you see our little blue elephant, you know that this is a safe place to speak about any mental health issues you or your family may be having. You will be treated with respect and dignity, you will not be stigmatized in any way, and you will find the support and understanding from a friend who cares.

Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Posters

MDSC strives to assist organizations in raising awareness and reducing stigma. One of the best methods of reducing stigma is by displaying posters that provide key activities that we can all do to promote healthier environments.

Download and print these posters for display. These are all free of charge and we encourage you to use them.

We can also develop larger posters for your business, school or for any other requirement you may have. We can add your logo to the file and email you the posters for printing. Please contact us directly for this service.

Taking Action

Stigma can seem invisible but its effects are not. People with mental illness say that stigma can be worse than the illness itself.  Taking action against stigma begins with you and your own recovery.  The small blue elephant is a powerful symbol.  People place it on their desk at work or carry it in their car.  They put it anywhere they want to signal a stigma free zone where you can talk about mental illness.

In order to get your own elephant in the room, go to CanadaHelps and dedicate your donation to fighting stigma.  Be sure to fill in your name and address.


Thank you for helping to raise awareness, educate others, and reduce stigma. 



Posters for Download


Letter (8.5"x11")
Workplace | Classroom

Ledger (11"x17")
Workplace | Classroom

Poster (17"x23")
Workplace | Classroom

Additional Resources

Brochure (PDF)
Webpage of resources (link) 

 

Learn more about the organizations that have launched Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaigns at their places of work or schools. More...

  • Gamma-Dynacare
  • Mount Allison University
  • McMaster University (COPE)
  • KPMG
  • Mental Health Support Network South East Ontario
  • United Way Oakville
  • Grand River Hospital
  • UK and Ireland: Praxis Care
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario(CDSBEO) 
  • The Toronto Police Service (TPS) 
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • In Touch Mobile Canada
  • Ipsos Canada
  • United Steelworkers
  • Sudbury Catholic Schools
  • Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
  • Rainbow Schools
  • Northern Ontario Suicide Prevention Network
  • Conseil scolaire public Grand Nord de l’Ontario
  • Agency Relations Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Vineland School
  • United County of Grenville Leeds
  • Discovery Ranch




  • Read April 2014 E-News