MHCC’s Senior Consultant on Anti-Stigma Initiative to Advance Research at Queen’s University

MHCC’s Senior Consultant on Anti-Stigma Initiative to Advance Research at Queen’s University

Heather Stuart, PhD, a senior consultant for the Mental Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) anti-stigma initiative Opening Minds, was today named Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, a prestigious research position at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

"I am looking forward to this opportunity," said Stuart, a professor in the department of Community Health and Epidemiology, and Psychiatry, and School of Rehabilitation at Queen's. "It is a major step forward for stigma research in Canada and a credit to Opening Minds for the research and public awareness they have done to date. This opportunity would not have occurred if it hadn't been for my work with MHCC."

In the new role, Stuart will continue developing and disseminating best practices in stigma reduction, expand her research collaborations around the world and raise awareness about the significance of mental health and mental health research.

Stuart will continue to work with Opening Minds and be a keynote speaker at TOGETHER AGAINST STIGMA: Changing how we see mental illness, an international stigma conference taking place June 4 – 6 in Ottawa. This 5th international conference, hosted by MHCC and sponsored in part by Bell, will bring the world’s mental health and stigma experts together for the first time in Canada.

For more information on the conference visit www.togetheragainststigma2012.ca.

Bell creates world's first chair in anti-stigma research at Queen's
(Bell / Queen’s University press release)