In 2017, CanFASD developed a document intended to encourage consistency in how we talk and write about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Our Common Messages Guidelines have now been around for five years, and we regularly update them to reflect new research and information.
The goal of Bell Let’s Talk Day is to spread awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma, increase accessibility to treatment, and make a positive change in the attitude towards mental illness nationally. This is an important opportunity to bring fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) into the conversation around mental health.
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is Mental Health in an Unequal World. There remain various inequalities to accessing services for many individuals across the globe. This theme encourages people to focus on the issues that increase mental health inequality worldwide and how we can help tackle this inequality.
November 22 to 28 is National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). This year’s campaign, Change Begins with Me, focuses on ending the stigma surrounding substance use and encouraging everyone to be a part of stigma reduction. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), substance use, and stigma are all inherently connected, particularly for individuals with FASD and women who use substances during pregnancy. … Read More
People with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can have difficult and stigmatizing experiences throughout their lives, as can women who drink alcohol while pregnant. For people who have never knowingly met someone with FASD, the news media could play a key role in shaping their understanding of FASD, alcohol, and pregnancy.