International Conference Brings World Together to Combat Stigma

The international mental health community will gather in San Francisco February 18–20, 2015, marking the first time the International Together Against Stigma Conference will be held in the United States since its inception in 2001.

The 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference offers a chance for mental health experts and advocates to come together to tackle challenges, share promising practices and spotlight successes in combating stigma worldwide.

As host to the conference and home of the Each Mind Matters movement, California’s successes will surely inspire the international mental health community by highlighting its role in suicide prevention, student mental health, and stigma and discrimination reduction..

Conference workshops will focus on sharing global perspectives on stigma reduction, empowering the next generation and charting future opportunities. Best practices in stigma change, increasing quality of care, and achieving equity of services will be among the timely and topical offerings. Conference presentations and workshops will include:

  •  A dialogue between California’s mental health leaders and international leaders on global solutions to eradicating stigma.
  • Highlights from the University of California Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities on community-defined solutions that improve access to care for mental health challenges.
  • The unveiling of new RAND Corporation findings on perceptions of mental health stigma across racial and ethnic populations.
  • A look at the portrayal of individuals with mental health challenges in mainstream media and how that shapes public perception and policy.

California’s mental health community won’t want to miss the keynote address and special recognition of Former State Senator and Prop. 63 author Darrell Steinberg, who will be honored for his leadership in advancing groundbreaking mental health policy, along with emerging leaders in the next generation.

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