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December 10th 2012:Mental Illness, Treatment, Recovery and Stigma

Dr. Chris Summerville is CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada,, and a director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Mark Ragins is the Medical Director at the MHA Village Integrated Service Agency in Long Beach, California,, an award-winning recovery-based mental health service. They explain their work in helping people combat stigma and its effects. They highlight challenges stigma creates for persons with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and for their family caregivers. They explain the types of help need

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Dr. Chris Summerville

Dr. Chris Summerville is one of the eleven non-government directors of the Mental Health Commission of Canada appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As a family member and a recipient of psychiatric services, he has been the executive director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society since 1995 and is also the CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Schizophrenia Society of Canada As a provincial and national leader and advocate, he serves on numerous boards and committees including The Mood Disorders Society of Canada, The National Network on Mental Health, The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and several ethics committees. With an earned doctorate, he is c
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Dr. Mark Ragins

Dr. Mark Ragins is the Medical Director at the MHA Village Integrated Service Agency in Long Beach, California, an award-winning model of recovery based mental health services. He has worked there since its beginning in 1990 as a psychiatrist for the adult service coordination teams, the Homeless Assistance Program, the Transition Age Youth Academy, and now the Welcoming Team. Many of his writings are posted at including his short book ‘A Road to Recovery’ which is also available at and has been translated into Japanese and Korean. He was featured in Steve Lopez’s book ‘The Soloist’. He has won a number of awards including the A
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