About the Global Anti-Stigma Alliance

The Global Anti-Stigma Alliance (GASA) was formed in June 2012 at the 5th International Together Against Stigma Conference in Ottawa, co-hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the World Psychiatric Association. The Alliance is composed of leaders and experts in the mental health field from around the world who are actively working to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. 

GASA currently has representatives from organizations in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, USA, and Wales. 

Vision, Mission and values Statement


GASA aspires to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness worldwide.


The Alliance’s mission is to share knowledge, best practices, and the latest research to achieve better outcomes for individuals around the world facing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.


The Alliance and its members commit to honouring the following principles and to let them drive our collective work:

Knowledge sharing – we are dedicated to sharing our best available know-how, research, and resources to promote the advancement of (anti) stigma and discrimination awareness, prevention, advocacy, and best practices.

Lived experience – our approach is driven by experiences and views of individuals with lived experience of mental illness.

Collaboration – we enable member associations to combine their efforts and resources, acting jointly towards the achievement of their aims. We also help to strengthen and assist the member associations in their efforts to improve mental health conditions in their own region, while fully respecting their autonomy.

Integrity– we hold ourselves to the highest standards, with credible, evidence-informed research

Equity and inclusion- we embrace a diversity of opinions, experiences, and cultures, and strive for equitable access to resources.