On February 6, 2018, Vancouver Coastal Health presented "Beyond Stigma: Conversations about mental health, courage and hope" at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
This free, public event featured mental health speaker, educator, actor and writer Victoria Maxwell, shedding new light on the topic of Mental Health and stigma, bringing important and powerful considerations to the forefront of the conversation. A question and answer panel followed the presentation, with a local Psychiatrist and Family Member/Mental Health Advocate joining Victoria to respond to audience inquiries about Mental Health.
The statistics are not changing. One out of every five Canadians is affected by mental illness and the stigma is as strong as ever. Beyond Stigma works to bring some of the brightest minds and speakers to the table to continue the conversation and spark change.
Beyond Stigma (formerly Me Too Conversations) works to change how we view mental health through education and public engagement. A special thank you to mental health advocate and philanthropist Andy Szocs who generously funded the Me Too and Beyond Stigma platforms to help empower those impacted by mental illness.
The next Beyond Stigma event will be on September 10th, 2018 at Paetzold Auditorium at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.
Please stay tuned for more details leading up to the event.