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The SSO Is Conducting A Study On Youth & Mental Illness Stigma

Given the relatively little research done on the experiences of mental illness stigma among racialized youth, The SSO is currently conducting research to help fill this gap.

In partnership with the Hispanic Development Council, Across Boundaries, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario, the SSO is investigating and comparing the stigma experiences of youth living with schizophrenia and depression, family members, and ethno-racial youth peers  in the Latino Hispanic, South Asian, Afro-Caribbean, and White European communities.

We are conducting individual interviews with youth, ages 16-29, who are diagnosed with schizophrenia or depression, individual interviews with family members of youth who are diagnosed with either schizophrenia or depression, and focus groups with youth peers who are not diagnosed with either depression or schizophrenia.

Our hope is that findings from this research will lead to the development of targeted anti-stigma initiatives and educational resources for four large ethno-racial communities in Ontario.

Interviews can be conducted in English, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. We are providing a $30 honorarium for each interview.

If you would like to participate in this project, or would like to help us advertise it within your organization, please contact Rahma Kerim  at or 1-800-449-6367, ext. 259

You can also download our flyers in English, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.