On November 29-30, 2012, the AMS Phoenix Project held its first annual workshop at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The workshop –Creating Communities of Caring − brought together individuals who have been most actively engaged in the work of the AMS Phoenix Project including the 2012/13 AMS Phoenix Fellowship and Call to Caring Grant recipients. The workshop provided an opportunity to showcase Year 1 accomplishments of the AMS Phoenix Project, provided a venue for AMS Phoenix Fellow, Grant Recipients and their mentors to share experiences and discuss future priorities for the AMS Phoenix Project.

Dr. Heather Stuart, Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti Stigma Research Chair provided the keynote address: “Stigma in Health Care: Problems and Solutions.” The presentation highlighted the significant stigma experienced by individuals with mental health issues, and challenged those attending to recognize the negative impact of stigma on patient care and the role that healthcare providers play in perpetuating stigma. The workshop proceedings are posted here for review…