Stigmatization and Social Exclusion (1:30:55)

1:15 – 2:45 pm: Panel Three| Stigmatization and Social Exclusion

Stigma is a major barrier that prevents people with mental health problems from seeking help. The impact of the law on the lives of people with mental health problems is complex; it can affect their rights, their experience with the justice system and their ability to access healthcare. This panel will discuss social exclusion as a consequence of the stigmatization of people dealing with mental illness. This panel will also consider the special needs of clients with mental health problems, as well as how legal professionals can better assist them in accessing the legal system efficiently.


  • The Hon. Justice Kathleen J. Caldwell, Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto


  • Dr. Jeffrey Waldman, Forensic Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Patrick Smith, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association–National
  • Ms. Anita Szigeti, Founding Principal, Anita Szigeti Advocates, Toronto