mission statement

Mental Illness Stigma Support (MISS), aims to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness through advocacy, peer support and educating existing mental health resources in the community. We are a volunteer based organization comprised of community leaders on the west coast of Canada.

A safe, non-judgemental environment

We offer a safe and stigma free environment for people and their loved ones to learn, grow and support one another and build upon their coping skills. Mental Illness Stigma Support is a society volunteer driven organization founded in 2015 by Abby Drimmie in Banff, Alberta.

 The MISS team! ( from right, top row: Abby Drimmie, Jenna Shaddick, Jeff McDonald. Bottom row: Judy Peat, Anna Podolak, Jessica Dion, Natalie Wilson. Missing from photo: Jamie Angel, Shannon Fox, Jackie Arthur)

The MISS team! (from right, top row: Abby Drimmie, Jenna Shaddick, Jeff McDonald. Bottom row: Judy Peat, Anna Podolak, Jessica Dion, Natalie Wilson. Missing from photo: Jamie Angel, Shannon Fox, Jackie Arthur)

" Mental Illness Stigma Support was created back in November 2015, when I decided I wanted to do something impactful in the community regarding my own mental health, and help the mental health of others. I wanted to start an organization that could give peer support to others who are struggling with their own mental health or who were affected by the negative stigma attached to mental illness. I also wanted to create a safe space for friends and family to speak freely, who may have experienced mental illness in their personal circle. In the fall of 2007, my youngest sister was diagnosed with major depression which completely blind sided my family and I, and it was devastating going through the mental health system. I am passionate about people living free of stigma, and passionate about creating safe spaces for people to come together and that is why MISS was created. "
- Abby