Stigma remains with mental illness
Staff photo by Brandon Logan...Portage resident Grant Dunfield trusts the Manitoba Review Boards decision to allow Vince Li to have supervised walks outside of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.
The topic of mental illness has been sweeping throughout the province in recent weeks.
With Greyhound Bus killer, Vince Li, being given the ability to have supervised walks outside of Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC), talk is at an all time high - and it isn't positive.
On Wednesday, the province proposed changes to Manitoba's Human Rights Code in hopes of reducing discrimination against transgender, unemployed, homeless and socially disadvantaged Manitobans.
People suffering from mental health issues are already protected under the code, but does it really make a difference?
"I believe people with diagnosed illnesses have a more difficult time getting employed," said Regional Manager for the Central Region of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Lisa Miness. "This is very unfortunate, because when they are getting the proper treatment required, they function just as well as anyone else."
See more in Mon. May 28 issue of the Portage Daily Graphic