Director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s international award-winning anti-stigma initiative Opening Minds
Director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s international award-winning anti-stigma initiative Opening Minds. In February 2015, Opening Minds received the Innovator Award from the organizers of the 7th Together Against Stigma Conference in San Francisco as the “…program which creates a major impact through new approaches that inspire new possibilities and/or disrupts prevailing views.” He is also the Director of Mental Health First Aid Canada. Under Micheal’s leadership, the Commission launched Opening Minds, its anti-stigma/anti-discrimination initiative in 2009, which is the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history. He was appointed Director of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada in July 2015. Micheal and his team have developed a variety of evidence-based anti-stigma programs that have proven to be effective in key areas such as the workplace, healthcare, youth and media. He has presented on his team’s anti-stigma research and programs at conferences in Canada, U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He is a co-founder of the Global Anti-stigma Alliance, which is composed of more than a dozen international organizations working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.