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CBC is wanting to do a story on discrimination practices towards people with mental illness. Specifically, discrimination in the areas of denying a person to rent an apartment or house, denying the person to volunteer at an agency due to a criminal record check. We know that in some provinces if a person is escorted by the police under the mental health act that that shows up on their criminal record check and can even prevent them from entering the States. Or being denied a job.
Another area is where a credit card company has issued a credit card to a person living with a mental illness who has no way of paying off debt due to disability or low income.
There are other examples of discrimination.
Could you send me a list of some of these examples you have heard of.
More importantly, CBC would like to have some first person stories of people willing to go public with their stories. Do you know of anyone who has faced such discrimination that would be willing to be interviewed by CBC?
Thank you for your help.
Recovery from mental illness is possible but it takes the support of a caring community!
Chris Summerville, D.Min., CPRP
Chief Executive Officer
Schizophrenia Society of Canada / Societe canadienne de la schizophrenie
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