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Michael Pietrus

Michael Pietrus

Michael Pietrus

Director, Opening Minds/Mental Health Commission of Canada

Bottom Line Conference | February 24, 2015 | Vancouver

Director, Open Minds/Mental Health Commission of Canada

•Under Micheal’s leadership as Director of Opening Minds, the Commission launched its 10-year anti-stigma / anti-discrimination initiative designed to change the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians towards people living with mental illness.

• Opening Minds is the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history.

• Opening Minds is an important priority for the Commission because many people living with mental health issues say that the stigma associated with mental illness is often worse than the illness itself. It is a significant barrier keeping individuals dealing with mental health illness from seeking help.

• Organized and Co-chaired Together Against Stigma. More than 700 delegates from 29 countries attended this international anti-stigma conference in Ottawa in 2012.

• Micheal is the Co- chair of the International Alliance Against Stigma, which is composed of close to 20 organizations from around the world working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness

• He is also a member of the advisory committee for the Centre for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment, San Francisco, CA and is a former member of the Board of the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions

• Micheal was a Director with the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB)

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