“People with mental disabilities and their families fail toseek the care and support that they require for fear ofbeing stigmatized.” World Health Organization, 2007
Organized by the Mental HealthCommission of Canada and theWorld Psychiatric Association ScientificSection on Stigma and Mental Illness,
this international conference will bring together over
500 researchers, mental health professionals, policymakers and service users interested in the issues ofstigma and discrimination. The focus will be on effectiveinterventions to reduce stigma and discriminationagainst 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 isthat it’s the absence or stopping of care,Simon says. “In fact, it’s very active,intensive care and treatment to makepeople feel as good as possible.”
— Terry Bullick
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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 heis and helped to live as part of his family and inother relationships, he can still reach out to hishopes and expectations and what has deepestmeaning for him and end his life with a sense ofcompletion.”
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