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  • Overcoming Barriers in Minds and Society

The 8th Conference: information and outcomes

From 20-22 September 2017, ONE OF US and WPA Stigma Section hosted the 8th International Stigma Conference titled “Overcoming Barriers in Minds and Society” in Copenhagen.

About 350 people participated representing 32 countries from all over the world. The participants were researchers, project managers and staff from anti-stigma projects and programs, professionals, people with lived experience of mental illness and carers.

The conference program included more than 120 presentations within the five conference themes: People with lived experience of mental illness, their peers, relatives and carers; Professionals, staff and clinical practice; Work and social inclusion; Youth and other special population groups; Communication and the media.

Among the plenary sessions was a panel with some of the national anti-stigma programs, a debate about media coverage of mental illness, a debate about the potentials for renaming schizophrenia and a session about achievements in the field of mental health. The parallel sessions were also full of presentations about relevant themes like tackling disclosure, countering self-stigma, and interventions targeting mental health professionals.

As part of the communication strategy behind the conference, a compilation of the knowledge that came out of the conference will be gradually made available on this site. Many of the Conference's presentations, articles about the event and a photo gallery will soon be found on this website.
In addition, a series of short films were produced showing highlights from the conference and interviews with some of the key agents and researchers in the field of mental health stigma.  These films will also be made available here.

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