Draft Report Calls for Reduction of Suicide Stigma

The MHCC which was established in 2007 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the recommendations of former Senator Michael Kirby, has a twin mission. Erasing stigma has always been the long-term project, but this formalized national strategy is the immediate goal.

The strategy comes at a crucial moment for psychiatry, not just in Canada but globally, as the discipline’s diagnostic manual undergoes a thorough revision, and old battles flare up over how to define mental illness. There is also a strong climate of suspicion about the role of drug manufacturers in the proliferation of psychiatric drugs, and about the spike in diagnoses of childhood behavioural disorders.