Stigma and discrimination can take place anywhere. When it occurs in a health care setting, it can act as a barrier to high-quality care for people living with mental illness and substance use problems. This makes it an urgent and complex public health issue. One anti-stigma study is underway that aims to test the effectiveness of a new, evidence-based, anti-stigma, pro-recovery intervention among primary health care providers. The study will also test the feasibility of delivering the intervention to organizations in Toronto.
The goal of the study is to determine if the intervention can change service providers’ attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health and addictions problems. It will also evaluate if clients believe stigma has been reduced or eliminated within the participating community health centres.
To find out more about this project you can read the full Research as It Happens on the EENet website. Research As It Happens highlights evidence as it is being generated.