End stigma.

People with mental health and addictions issues often face stigma in their daily lives. Stigma is a negative stereotype that marks someone as different from others. It can lead to isolation and prevent people from seeking help. Find out more about stigma and its impact, and common myths about mental health and addictions.

Change lives.

The goal of Break the Barrier is to reduce stigma and create community support for people suffering with mental health and addictions issues in the Saskatoon region by inviting people in recovery to share their stories, and with the public at large through community events and activities. Find out how you can help Break the Barrier.

What is Stigma?

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Myths About Mental Health & Addictions Source: Canadian Living and Pathstone Mental Health

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Funding for Break the Barrier was provided by the

Royal University Hospital Foundation Community

Mental Health Endowment Fund.

Partners include:





If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone.

There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help.


If you or someone you know is suicidal or in an emergency situation, please call the Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service at (306) 933-6200, call 9-1-1 or go to a hospital emergency room.


If the situation is not urgent, please make an appointment with your physician or another health care provider. The following organizations can also help: Mental Health & Addictions Services (Saskatoon Health Region), Crocus Co-op, Saskatoon Housing Coalition, Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services, Canadian Mental Health Association - Saskatoon Branch, Living with Mental Illness Conference.






If you have a story of struggle or success, we would love to hear from you.  Please submit your story in the available form.  Thanks for your courageous choice to share your story with us.


Break the Barrier is about reducing stigma.

As professionals working with people who suffer with mental health and addictions issues, we know the road to recovery starts with support, from family members, friends, peers and co-workers.


That’s why it’s crucial we all do more to educate the public about stigma and how damaging it can be.


One way we can do that is to share our stories about our personal experiences with mental health and addictions. By doing this, we can offer hope, encouragement and support to others who are dealing with mental health and addictions issues, and to their families and friends who may be trying to help but don’t know how to where to start.


When more people share stories of recovery, struggle or hope, it can also correct misconceptions and stereotypes about mental health conditions – it can help end stigma. Friends and family members can share their stories too!


There are many ways you can share your story:

Submit a written story, post a video message, upload a photo. With your approval, your story, in whichever format you choose, will be posted on this website for others to see, hear and learn from.




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The following organizations are collaborating to organize awareness and education events in the Saskatoon region:


Mental Health & Addictions Services, Saskatoon Health Region

Crocus Co-op

Saskatoon Housing Coalition

Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services

Canadian Mental Health Association—Saskatoon Branch

Living with Mental Illness Conference


Who We Are

Our goal is to reduce stigma towards people suffering with mental health and addictions issues in the Saskatoon region.


We will achieve this goal through the Break the Barrier campaign, which is designed to educate people about stigma and how it hinders the recovery process, and to encourage understanding.


Education will take place at public awareness events and activities hosted by the Break the Barrier partners.


We invited those in recovery to share their stories so that others who may be suffering are encouraged to reach out for help.


Our Goal

If your organization works with individuals suffering from mental health and addictions issues, you are welcome to join us in helping to

Break the Barrier: End stigma. Change lives.

Join Us!

For more info, please contact:

Michelle Robson

Manager - Adult Recovery Services,

Mental Health and Addictions Services

Saskatoon Health Region

(306) 655-0449