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Reducing stigma for mental health supports

Posted Jan 25th, 2023

People across Canada are joining in a national conversation around mental health. 

Mental Health Research Canada indicates that one in every two people struggling with mental health are not accessing the help they need. Barriers including the stigma around mental health can discourage people from reaching out, making recovery difficult as a person’s self-confidence is eroded.

Niagara Health’s Mental Health and Addiction Program offers these tips to reduce stigma and support people with mental illness:

  • Educate yourself and others. Challenge myths and stereotypes and ask questions when you are unsure
  • Choose your words carefully. Don’t use hurtful or derogatory language.
  • Treat everyone with respect. Offer support and encouragement to those who are struggling.
  • Speak out against stigma. It can help instill courage in others facing similar challenges.

In partnership with community organizations, Niagara Health’s  Mental Health and Addictions Program offers services that promote recovery through timely access to quality, evidence-informed care that reflects the physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural and social needs of all patients and families seeking help.

Your doctor or primary care provider can refer you to programs and supports available. If you are unable to reach your primary care provider, call Access Line at 1-866-550-5205 to be connected to mental health and addiction services in Niagara.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, or in need or emergency care, please call 9-1-1 or go to your closest Emergency Department.

Learn more about Niagara Health’s Mental Health and Addiction Program.

Niagara Health System