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Welcome to the SOS (Stomping Out Stigma) Portal. Here you will find information about what Stigma is and how you can stop it, as well as links to other resources. Click on the links below to find out more about the following:

Recognizing and Reducing Stigma | Mental Health and Wellness | SOS Life Blog 

Video by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Youthnet Program and Participants.  
Like TAMI, the YouthNet program helps youth in the Ottawa region start up Student Wellness Committees in their own high schools.

What Is Stigma

The word Stigma refers to a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something. Often, people with mental illness say that the stigma that comes with Mental Illness can be worse than the illness itself. Here’s how the Mental Health Commission of Canada talks about stigma:

“Stigma is destructive. It leaves a mark of shame that makes people feel different and socially excluded. It is a major barrier to recovery. Among youth, the stigma often associated with mental health problems or illnesses can lead to teasing, bullying and, in extreme cases, catastrophic outcomes including suicide.”

Stigma stops people from getting help by silencing them and making them afraid to talk about their problems. Stigma also perpetuates stereotypes, or causes them to continue. Lots of ideas that fuel stigma aren’t even true, like the idea that people with mental illness just need to “try harder” or “cheer up” to feel better.


Thanks for Visiting TAMI.   

Please be aware that due to COVID-19, the TAMI program has been impacted for the 2020-2021 school year. 

TAMI is working hard to develop and distribute the program virtually.  It is our priority to be able to offer the

TAMI program while keeping students and teachers safe.    

At this time the Stomping Out Stigma Summits are postponed until further notice.   

If you have any questions about the TAMI program please feel free to contact Abby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take care,

The TAMI Coalition