Combating Stigma

Available online until May 2017.

Registration: Register online at www.mdcme.ca/courseinfo.asp?id=190

Combating stigma towards mental illnesses is a major concern for healthcare providers and as yet there are few programs designed especially for physicians. ‘Combating Stigma’ is a web-based CME course for physicians that was created in partnership by Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with support from the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association and Memorial University. The program, designed by Dr. Tom Ungar and Dr. Rivian Weinerman, takes about an hour to complete and includes a number of elements shown to be important for anti-stigma programming for healthcare professionals, such as personal testimonials from persons with lived experience of a mental illness currently in recovery, skills building and transformative learning/myth-busting through education and reflection exercises. It also includes a unit on the biologic correlations associated with mental illness.

Contact information: For more information, contact Romie Christie, Manager of Opening Minds, the anti-stigma initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada at: rchristie@mentalhealthcommission.ca

CME accreditation: The CME course offers 2 CFPC Mainpro-M1 credits for family physicians.

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.