Andrea Paquette, also known as Biploar Babe from the Stigma Free Zone, does a presentation on mental illness for school children. She and fellow Stigma Free Society member Robyn Thomas will speak tonight at a free event in Victoria. Black Press files

Victoria partners on ‘Stigma-Free Zone’ event tonight

Free event will see discussions around mental illness and reducing existing stigma in the community

In partnership with the City of Victoria, the Stigma-Free Society is aiming to declare City Hall a stigma-free zone.

“I’m excited to say that once we’ve completed this work – it’s a work in progress – that Victoria would be the first city with this designation,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday. “This is really important to the City, working toward eliminating stigma and promoting mental health and community wellness.”

A ‘Stigma-Free Zone’ community event happens tonight (March 20) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Garry Oak Room of the Fairfield Community Centre next to Sir James Douglas elementary.

According to the society, the purpose of the event is to encourage dialogue around mental health and the stigmas that exist.

“When talking to residents, especially young people, they state that mental health is one of the issues they are most passionate about,” said Loveday, who’ll be joined by Mayor Lisa Helps at the event. “They want to see more of an effort for this to be addressed by governments, local organizations and the community as a whole.”

The Stigma Free Society’s Andrea Paquette, president; and Robyn Thomas, community development manager for Vancouver Island, will share their personal journeys through mental illness and stigma.

Elected officials, community leaders and the public are invited to attend, however tickets are limited. You can pre-register here.

anna.james@vicnews.com

 

Just Posted

Art takes a personal tone during the 110th anniversary of the Victoria Sketch Club

The 47th annual art show is taking place until March 24

How a scrawny kid from Oak Bay bulked into one of rugby sevens’ best

Doing it for Dylan, Oak Bay’s Connor Braid at the top of his game

Used books on sale at Nellie McClung library branch in Saanich this weekend

Admission of $10 Sunday afternoon when all books are free

Almost 150 hectares purchased for parks in the CRD

Capital Regional District purchases two sites to increase park connectivity

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Baby left alone in vehicle in Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

B.C. public insurance includes funding enforcement, driver licensing

B.C., feds accused of ‘environmental racism’ over Site C, Mount Polley

Amnesty International Canada says governments failed to recognize threats to Indigenous peoples

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Most Read