The Acceptance Project: reducing stigma and discrimination towards mental illness and substance use problems among community health centre staff.
Stigma has a negative effect on people with mental health and substance use problems worldwide and is a significant barrier to getting appropriate care. Stigma can lead to: â?¢ difficulty accessing resources and services, such as employment and housing; â?¢ social isolation due to exclusion from activities; and â?¢ low levels of health service utilization. Stigma against people with mental health and substance use problems in healthcare settings is a public health issue. A pilot project, for which this current initiative was based, set out to develop an anti-stigma intervention for primary care staff. With the guidance of staff and service users at three CHCs in Toronto, a five-pronged intervention was developed.