The Stigma-Free Society, formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC, sponsored by Coast Mental Health, conducted the first Stigma-Free Speakers Training Workshop in Metro Vancouver and will continue to work with Coast mental health peer support workers on an annual basis. Participants learned about technical presentation skills in a one-day six hour session and engaged in broader discussions around societal and self-stigma, which encourages reflection and personal growth.

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Participants gained practical speaking experience on how to share their personal story in a public forum through a varietysociety-logo-temp of hands on activities facilitated by Andrea Paquette and Meredith Graham. Meredith is the Co-Facilitator for the Program, a spoken word poet and the 2016 recipient of Coast Mental Health’s Courage To Come Back Award in Social Adversity. Andrea is the Executive Director of the Stigma-Free Society and Lead Facilitator for the Stigma-Free Speakers Training. She is also known as the Bipolar Babe, the 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Recipient in Mental Health and national spokesperson as a Face for Mental Illness for Bell Let’s Talk. Feel free to view Andrea’s bio for more information.

Registrants were invited to attend two events for the Stigma-Free Speakers Training that was offered in Metro Vancouver, B.C.

  • Stigma-Free Speakers Training ‘Meet and Greet’ Luncheon
  • Stigma-Free Speakers Training one-day 6 hour Workshop 

The first Stigma-Free Speakers Training workshop was completed on October 22, 2016, and proved to be a great success!

A big thank you to Brent Seal who is a passionate and engaging speaker on mental health and high performance wellness; he contributed greatly to the success of the day. You may find out more about Brent at his website: Mavrixx.com.

We thank all of the Coast Mental Health Peer Support Workers who took part in this workshop. You are truly the reason for the success of the day!

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Thank you Coast Mental Health for sponsoring the Stigma-Free Speakers Training Workshop. We are all deeply grateful for your valuable contribution to the lives of Coast’s Mental Health Peer Support Workers.