What is stigma against mental illness?
Stigma against mental illness is defined as the negative beliefs, perceptions, and consequent discriminatory actions surrounding individuals suffering from mental illness.
What does this project hope to do?
This project is geared towards destigmatizing mental illness in healthcare providers. Too often, healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses are held to the highest standards of perfection both by ourselves, our peers and the public. This creates a culture of silence that keeps struggling individuals from seeking help. Compounding moral distress then transforms burnout to mental illness with sometimes deadly consequences as evidenced by the recent suicides of healthcare professionals in Fraser Health. This project hopes to drive culture change in making it okay to not be okay so that healthcare professionals access the wellness resources meant to support them before it becomes too late.
What does the project consist of?
Why does storytelling matter?
By telling our stories, we make it okay for others to feel safe enough to tell their stories. This helps build a culture of trust, safety, compassion and empathy. It also directly challenges our ideas and beliefs about what mental illness looks like.
How can I get involved in this project?