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  • Overcoming Barriers in Minds and Society

Courses at Against Stigma conference 2017

The three courses will take place during the fourth and fifth parallel session (21. September 14.00-17.30) at the conference and require a separate registration and additional payment of 300 Danish kr. (approximately 47 Euro).
There are a limited number of seats at each course on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ahead of the conference: Send an email to Lars Toft at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. clearly stating which course you wish to attend.
During the conference: If there are still available seats, please register at the conference registration desk in Øksnehallen.

Credit card payment upon arrival at the conference registration desk in Øksnehallen. Unfortunately we will NOT be able to receive cash.

Honest, Open, Proud to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

Patrick W. Corrigan & Jon Larson

Self-stigma is an especially harmful result of mental illness.  Research shows those who have disclosed aspects of their mental illness frequently report a sense of personal empowerment that enhances self-esteem and promotes confidence to seek and achieve individual goals.  In this light, a group of people with lived experience developed the Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) program, a three-session group program run by pairs of trained leaders with lived experiences. Lessons include:

  1. Considering the Pros and Cons of Disclosing. 
  2. There are Different Ways to Disclose.
  3. Telling your Story.

Disclosure and one’s story varies depending on lived experience.  In this light, the original HOP has been adapted for college and high school students, across various cultures, and for differing conditions. 

Choosing and using outcome measures for anti-stigma programme evaluation

Dr. Claire Henderson and Dr. Petra Gronholm

Why are there so many stigma measures?
How do we choose among them for our programme evaluation?
Can we just make up our own measure?
How do we get the most useful information from those we do choose?
How do we communicate our findings based on our chosen measures?
This course will examine these questions, to help you learn more about the options available to you and how to select and use appropriate measures for assessing stigma outcomes in your work.
The session is led by Drs Claire Henderson and Petra Gronholm, who have substantial experience of developing measures, reviewing the field of stigma measurement, choosing measures and using them for various target groups, including to evaluate anti-stigma interventions (e.g. Time to Change in England). 

How to Set Up an Anti-Stigma Program on a Shoe-string Budget

Heather Stuart, PhD
Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Stigma reduction is a growing public health problem and many national governments have set up large and expensive anti-stigma programs, giving the impression that stigma busing is an expensive undertaking.  Yet, experience has taught us that anti-stigma efforts need not be expensive and can occur in any part of the world.  Even small, well targeted efforts can bring about real change in the lives of people who have a mental illness and their families. Participants will receive training materials that they can use to develop their own anti-stigma interventions using evidence informed practices and a few simple steps.  By the close of the course, attendees will:

  • Understand the nature of stigma and identify points at which the stigma cycle can be broken;
  • Learn how to target anti-stigma programs to specific groups within the population (such as youth, health providers, media, or employees);

Understand how to apply best practices in stigma reduction at individual, public, and organizational levels.

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