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Presentation on Stigma & OSI's
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:37:31 PM »

I'll be giving a talk at the upcoming CASCA 2011 conference in Fredericton, NB.

CASCA: Canadian Anthropological Society/La Societe Canadienne d'Anthropologie

Conference Program:


Stigma and Operational Stress Injuries: Experiences in the Canadian Forces
Walter Callaghan (York University)

Following on the author’s decade of first hand experience as a medical officer in the Canadian Forces, this
presentation will focus on the effect of stigma on treatment-seeking behaviour amongst members of the
Canadian Forces Reserves diagnosed with an operational stress injury. The underlying cultural and
organizational perceptions towards mental health will be discussed, including current and past efforts to
battle stigma towards mental health within the military, with examples taken from the author’s own
experience and anecdotal accounts provided by disabled veterans of the Canadian Forces interviewed
during the process of completing investigative surveys in preparation for a thesis. The differences
between the experiences of Reservists and Regular Force members will be covered, highlighting the
difficulties and challenges faced by members of the Reserves, with recommendations for further reducing
the negative impact that stigma has on the treatment of operational stress injuries.
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