This resource was developed to provide patients and families with information on what they should expect when working with a pharmacist. The relationship with a pharmacist is essential to understanding medications and how to get the most benefit while avoiding unwanted side effects.
The CPNP Foundation along with Creative Education Concepts brought NAMI's StigmaFree campaign to the 2018 CPNP Annual Meeting. One component of the campaign, a discussion den titled StigmaFree Me! provided tangible takeaways that all healthcare professionals can apply to their practice to avoid stigma.
At the 2015 CPNP Annual Meeting, the Foundation supported programming entitled “Stigma and Psychiatric Disorders: Understanding and Managing Personal Biases." That program is available as a resource for all healthcare practitioners.
The Foundation has placed a priority upon enhancing our understanding of the issues around stigma and social distancing among community pharmacists as a beginning point to make inroads in decreasing stigma among all healthcare providers. The Foundation collaborated with Dr. Vincent Giannetti and colleagues at the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy to explore community pharmacists’ knowledge of and attitudes toward mental illness, comfort and confidence in dealing with persons with mental illness, and the services they provide to this population via a comprehensive national survey.
The results of the survey were compiled and published in a paper titled, Community pharmacists and mental illness: a survey of service provision, stigma, attitudes and beliefs.
The CPNP Foundation encourages the use and reference of this paper for pharmacies working to become more mental health friendly, for the training and education of community pharmacists, for research, etc.
Members of the CPNP Foundation who participated in this project include Charlie Caley, Jerry McKee, Barbara Wells, and Dean Najarian. Collaborators from Duquesne University include Vince Gianetti, Khalid Kamal, Jordan Covvey, Tyler Dunn, and Pratyusha Vadagam.