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Stigma associated with mental illness in Canada is a national embarrassment

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1447 (Published 27 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1447
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    The stigma attached to mental illness is so pervasive in Canada that it is a national embarrassment, doctors were told at their annual meeting last week. And doctors are part of the problem by refusing to give mental illness the same recognition and responses that are given to other illnesses, delegates at the Canadian Medical Association conference in Montreal heard.

    The association’s president, Brian Day, said that the results of a new poll, which …

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