Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia 2012

WINNIPEG, MB – Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) and its national research partners are hosting Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia 2012. The Winnipeg symposium is being held at The University of Winnipeg on Thursday October 4, 2012, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Convocation Hall, (2nd Floor, Wesley Hall, 515 Portage Avenue). This event is free and open to the general public.

The topic From the Street to Home: An Essential Stop on the Road to Recovery, features speakers Dr. Jino Distasio, Associate Professor of Geography & Director, Institute of Urban Studies UWinnipeg; Dr. Jitender Sareen, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba; and Ms. Lucille Bruce, Site Coordinator, Mental Health commission of Canada.

The symposia will be held across Canada in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Durham Region, Kingston, Hamilton, Toronto and Halifax. The general public will have the opportunity to have direct access to researchers and senior medical practitioners who are available to answer questions and provide recommendations, as well as hear the concerns and points of view of those present.

This event is free thanks to the sponsorship of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, volunteers and community partners. To register or for further information visit Healthy Minds Canada. Health begins with the mind; we invite all to attend and register today!

Mental illness strikes one in five Canadians each year. This year seven million will be affected, which means it touches everyone in some way including people you know, love, trust and depend upon. Mental illness and addiction costs the Canadian economy approximately $51 billion in terms of health care and lost productivity. Research helps to find better services and treatments that will help to reduce these costs and improve the quality of life of those affected by mental illness and addiction.

Healthy Minds Canada is a charitable foundation established in 1980 with a mission to improve the well being of Canadians by funding mental health and addiction research. To date, HMC has funded close to 400 research projects at 42 teaching hospitals and universities across Canada.

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UWINNIPEG MEDIA CONTACT
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

HEALTHY MINDS CANADA CONTACT
Pierina Cincinnato, Events Coordinator, 416-351-7757 ext. 21 pcincinnato@healthymindscanada.ca

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