Entries by Andrea Paquette

Let’s Talk About Stigma with Author Jack Travis

An interview with mental health advocate and author, Jack Travis In late October, the Stigma-Free Society connected with 23-year-old Jack Travis, who wrote a self-help book titled Starting Point: Your Journey to A Better Life Starts Here… Inspired by Jack’s personal, first-hand experiences regarding mental illness and addiction, the book aims to provide knowledge and […]

JOIN THE STIGMA-FREE ZONE MOVEMENT

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Stigma-Free Zones, but what are they really? And how can you become part of the movement? It’s difficult to ignore certain ongoing cultural narratives that are problematic at best and harmful at worst. They isolate and divide us as communities, and as individuals. Our goal is to create tolerant, […]

The Stigma-Free Society is Hiring a new Community Development Manager!

Come and Join our Amazing Stigma-Free Zone Team! Please note: The Position has been filled as of October 10, 2017 Place: Stigma-Free Society – Vancouver, BC   Stigma-Free Society – www.stigmafreezone.com Position: Community Development Manager (CDM) Community Development Manager Duties:   Work as part of the Stigma-Free Task Force and manage the recruitment, operations and administration on […]

Pacific Autism Family Network – Stigma-Free Zone with Ambassador Lucas Gates

Pacific Autism Family Network is the first charity in Canada to be working toward their Stigma-Free Zone designation. They have a team of Stigma-Free Champions that includes Lucas Gates, Ambassador, Laura Lombardi, Vice President, Foundation and additional staff members with the support of Co-Founders Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia. The Stigma-Free Society is excited to be working […]

Children’s Mental Health Program

“Is mental health when your tooth hurts?”, this is one of the endearing answers I received when talking to grade 4’s about mental health and stigma. While I love talking to teens and adults, the elementary kids I speak to since launching our Children’s Mental Health Presentation Programming have a special place in my heart. […]

Natalie’s ‘Coming Out’ Story…

So I guess this is my ‘Coming Out’ story, as I have spent the past few years battling with my identity; the illness vs me. Now it’s time to come clean to my wider circle of friends and family, and perhaps to myself as well. The signs of bipolar were always there, a diagnosis merely […]