The Global Anti-Stigma Alliance (GASA) was founded in 2012 to share learning, best practice, materials, and latest evidence to achieve better outcomes for people facing stigma and discrimination related to mental health issues.

GASA was the brainchild of the Director of Time to Change in England (Sue Baker) who co-founded GASA with the Director of Opening Minds in Canada (Mike Pietrus).  The core group includes programme leads from England, Scotland, Canada, Denmark, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Other global campaigns that form part of the wider Alliance include programmes from the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. These campaigns are running significant mental health anti-stigma programmes.  As interest in tackling stigma and discrimination has grown, so has the membership.  Without dedicated funding for GASA, Time to Change England is the secretariat, and memberships receive a quarterly newsletter written by Dr. Bettina Friedrich on a voluntary basis.

The GASA group usually meets every 18-24ths with a face to face event, or ahead of the WPA Openings Doors stigma research conferences. 

The latest Global Anti-Stigma Alliance pre-conference was held in Copenhagen 18–19 September 2017, ahead of the 8th Together Against Stigma Conference.

If you would like to enquire about the Alliance or be added to our general mailing list please email: