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Diversity, human rights and stigma 

Diversity is a basic characteristic of Canadian society, and delivering mental health and addiction services in ways that are effective, fair, inclusive, respectful and culturally competent is important. This section includes submissions and documents aimed at eliminating the stigma faced by people with substance use and/or mental health problems, including those from diverse ethnocultural communities.

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Building Equitable Partnerships: Tools and Lessons Learned Building Equitable Partnerships: Tools and Lessons Learned
Much has been written about partnering between organizations but little emphasis has been given to equitable partnerships between organizations or between service users and service providers. This resource provides strategies, tips and lessons learned from practical experiences of working together to form equitable partnerships, featured at the Building Equitable Partnerships Symposium 2008.


MMT Community Planning GuideMethadone Maintenance Treatment: Community Planning Guide
The MMT community planning guide is a manual offering guidance to communities across Ontario on how to raise awareness of the benefits of methadone maintenance treatment and how to develop and integrate effective treatment services in their community.


Culture CountsCulture Counts: A Roadmap to Health Promotion / PDF
Culture Counts is a best practice guide to creating and implementing health promotion initiatives that will have an impact in diverse ethnocultural communities. The project – led by CAMH, the Ontario Public Health Association and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies – was founded on a partnership between CAMH and seven community-based organizations, serving Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tamil, Punjabi, Somali and Serbian populations. Culture Counts serves as an exemplary community engagement process, and provides “do’s and don’ts” from the partners’ perspectives. It also offers links to valuable resources for community engagement.

Mental Health Commission of Canada Consultation Submission 2007 (PDF)
In this submission, CAMH suggests implementing a successful anti-stigma campaign. Among many recommendations, CAMH urges the commission to consider the adequacy of mental health and addiction human resources capacity across Canada and to play a leading role in the support of research in mental health. 

Addressing Stigma: Increasing Public Understanding of Mental Illness (PDF)
This paper outlines the issues that characterize the stigmatization of people who have had a mental illness, suggests evidence-based strategies for change, and offers considerations for policy makers, consumers, funders, community leaders, helping professions and employers.

See CAMH public policy documents for how CAMH is influencing public policy including CAMH submissions.

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