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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase stress, fear, and uncertainty worldwide, there has never been a more critical time to champion mental healthcare.

Stigma can be a significant barrier to accessing mental healthcare and has a profound effect on the millions of people living with mental illness globally.

Watch the Champions of Science: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness as we speak to scientists, advocates, and global experts who are working tirelessly to ensure stigma does not stand in the way of people living with mental illness seeking the care and treatment they need.
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Champions of Science: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness
Watch our celebration of the champions who are helping to eliminate stigma and improve mental healthcare in communities around the world, including the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award.

Dr. Guislain Award

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The Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award, established in 2012 in partnership with the Dr. Guislain Museum, recognizes an individual, project or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through innovative social, cultural or scientific initiatives.

The award honors Dr. Joseph Guislain (1790-1860), a driven activist for people with mental illness and the first Belgian psychiatrist to provide scientifically-based treatment for these individuals.

The 2020 Dr. Guislain Award recipient is Grégoire Ahongbonon. For more than 30 years, he has devoted himself to demystifying mental illness and organizing contemporary psychiatric services for people in need across West Africa. Read more about Grégoire’s achievements.

The 2021 Call for Nominations is now open! In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Dr. Guislain Award, we added a second award category that recognizes the application of science or technology to help improve mental healthcare and further public understanding of these diseases and disorders. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and submit a nomination.

We launched Champions of Science®, a multifaceted initiative, to convene and catalyze champions of science and engage people of all generations and backgrounds to see the unlimited opportunities that science brings.
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