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  • Overcoming Barriers in Minds and Society

Aim, purpose and themes of the conference

The Together against Stigma conference is held to give participants a deeper understanding of how to work towards reducing stigma.

With this conference, we aim to:

  • Establish links between representatives of stigma programmes across different nations and professions

  • Create an overview of research, campaigns and other initiatives currently combatting stigma

  • Provide a deeper understanding of methods that can effectively challenge knowledge, attitude and behaviour that constituting barriers in minds and society
To achieve this, we will focus on the application of useful knowledge in practice; the stimulation and research and dealing with unresolved problems; "How we do it", a learning lab, providing motivation and inspiration to act.
Who should attend?
The conference is relevant for professionals, researchers, anti-stigma campaigners, politicians, people with lived experience of mental illness and their carers as well as others with a special interest in the field.
Conference themes
The conference themes will be easy to identify and follow, allowing you to select a specific theme to delve into and explore. The idea behind easily distinguished themes is also to allow participants opportunities to establish new contacts at the conference, meeting others who face the same challenges as you do.
These are the themes of the conference:
  • People with lived experience of mental illness, their peers, relatives and carers
    E.g. preventing self-stigma, promoting resilience, ambassadors/champions/peers as an essential part of anti-stigma campaigns.

  • Professionals, staff and clinical practice
    E.g. challenges and opportunities in regards to various professionals, such as staff in somatic health care, mental health care, police, prison staff, teachers, etc.

  • Work and social inclusion
    E.g. the role of job centres, employment agencies, managers and colleagues, considering the business perspective (eg. CSR).

  • Youth and other special population groups
    E.g. children i families with mental illness, the education system etc.

  • Communication and the media
    E.g. establishing a dialogue with the media, challenging stereotypes in films and on tv, population campaigns, training journalism students.

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