“People with mental disabilities and their families fail to
seek the care and support that they require for fear of
being stigmatized.” World Health Organization, 2007
Organized by the Mental Health
Commission of Canada and the
World Psychiatric Association Scientific
Section on Stigma and Mental Illness,
this international conference will bring together over
500 researchers, mental health professionals, policy
makers and service users interested in the issues of
stigma and discrimination. The focus will be on effective
interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination
against those with mental illness.
The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Production of this document is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.
Another myth about palliative care is
that it’s the absence or stopping of care,
Simon says. “In fact, it’s very active,
intensive care and treatment to make
people feel as good as possible.”
— Terry Bullick
to learn more about palliative care,
visit palliative.org or myhealth.alberta.
ca, or call health link alberta at
defining palliative care
Palliative care is best summed up by one of its
pioneers, Dame Cicely Saunders, who said:
“All the work of the [professional palliative care
team is] to enable the dying person to live until he
dies, at his own maximum potential, performing to
the limit of his physical ability and mental capacity
with control and independence whenever possible.
“If he is recognized as the unique person he
is and helped to live as part of his family and in
other relationships, he can still reach out to his
hopes and expectations and what has deepest
meaning for him and end his life with a sense of
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