Despite mental health gaining awareness and becoming a prominent national topic, those who have a mental illness are still stereotyped, and experience prejudice and discrimination. The stigma of mental illness acts as a barrier to students seeking help and full participation in our campus community. In this workshop, we will discuss what stigma is and how it may appear on campus. As well, we will discuss some simple ways in which the stigma of mental illness can be eliminated from the classroom setting.
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
1. Appreciate the complex processes that lead to stigmatization of those with mental illnesses
2. Identify when one is engaging in prejudice or discrimination towards someone with a mental illness
3. Enact strategies that can reduce stigma towards those who have a mental illness.
This workshop is offered to support the vision and work of the campus mental health strategy teaching and learning subcommittee