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

Dr. Chris Summerville is CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, http://www.schizophrenia.ca/, 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, http://www.mhala.org/mha-village.htm, 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 CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, www.schizophrenia.ca, and Executive Director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. He serves on numerous boards and committees. With an earned doctorate, he is certified with the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner and as an Intervention Trainer with Living Works. As a family member and a recipient of psychiatric services, he sees mental illness as an issue in social justice as well as health.
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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 www.mhavillage.org including his short book ‘A Road to Recovery’ which is also available at amazon.com 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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