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Andrew Szeto, an assistant professor in the University of Calgary’s psychology department, took on a new role as the director of the university’s Campus Mental Health Strategy earlier this month. The campus-wide plan to tackle mental health challenges includes 28 recommendations under six strategic focuses that will aim to improve the well-being of students, staff and faculty at the university.
In the following article, the Gauntlet interviews Szeto about the U of C’s mental health strategy and the importance of reducing stigma surrounding mental illnesses.
“I think one of the biggest priorities is always to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We know that stigma exists and is alive and well. We’re making inroads, but we know it still exists and people with mental illness are being discriminated upon. There’s negative attitudes towards them. “
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