RoL Winner Slider-Carolyn LeckieCongratulations to 
Maria Liegghio, our January researcher!

Maria is a PhD student in the Faculty of Social Work and her research is focused on the stigma of mental illness and child and youth mental health. Using a participatory research approach, Maria worked collaboratively with a group of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue to assist in three initiatives: the development of a national youth survey on stigma; an analysis of the ways young people living with a “mental illness” are portrayed in popular media; and a photo-voice project that explored what “normal” mental health was in children and youth.  As well, she interviewed parents and younger siblings about their stigma experiences as family members.  Funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the results will be used to inform policy and program initiatives aimed at improving the mental health system across Canada.

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