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 […]
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About Andrea Paquette
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Entries by Andrea Paquette
Andrea Paquette, AKA Bipolar Babe, shares her personal story in a brief 8 minute talk to over 500+ people at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Only a few more days for this incredible chance to attend Sam Sullivan’s celebrated Public Salon! A selection of eight shakers and changemakers from across Vancouver share their inspiring stories and passions at the Vancouver Playhouse on June 7th. There will be a documentarian, an oceanographer, artists, and of course our very own Stigma-Free Society […]
“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. […]
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 […]
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2017 The statistics are not changing. One in every five Canadian is affected by mental illness and the stigma is as strong as ever. ‘Me Too’ is bringing some of the brightest minds and speakers to the table to continue the conversation and smash the stigma. Join us for […]
Seven years ago, I met Andrea Paquette and seven years ago, she and the Bipolar babe Teens2Twenties program saved my life. Back then I wasn’t who I am today. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of seven years old and it was at that age that I first attempted to commit suicide. […]
There are numerous stigmas that exist in society such as mental illness, racism, sexual orientation, that contribute to our perceptions and attitudes of people. The Stigma-Free Zone programs support and educate individuals, especially youth, to manage their personal mental wellness. GenWhy TV talkes with Andrea Paquette at the Shaw Studio.
My alarm clock read 3 am. I lay awake, unable to sleep. It was the fifth night in a row that I’d gone without sleep. Five nights is enough to break anybody, let alone someone in the early stages of mental illness. I’d been struggling the past few months. My grades weren’t as great as […]
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The Stigma-Free Society, formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC, is a registered non-profit since January 2010, receiving charitable status 8 months later in only 29 days from date of application to approval.
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