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The Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia is an annual initiative that offers parents, families and other members of our communities with the opportunity to attend free half-day mental health symposia in select cities across Canada.

Each symposium is planned and coordinated in collaboration with local universities, hospitals, researchers and community agencies. Leading Canadian mental health researchers and practitioners are engaged to share current research findings and evidence-based practices that help community members to better support the millions of Canadians affected by mental health issues each year.

These symposia are designed to reduce stigma by engaging the community and building more awareness and knowledge around mental health.

For more information on upcoming Open Minds Across Canada symposia, visit our events calendar.

Watch an event by city

Durham Region

10/03/2013 | 4pm – 8:30pm

Dr. Arlene Astell
Can you Live a Good Life with Dementia?

Stacey Hawkins
Living with a Partner with Dementia, Social Change Support and Resilience.

Dr. IIan Fischler
Treatment of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Sheryl Bernard and Steve Mathew
Durham Services for People with Dementia and How to Access

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Hamilton

10/05/2013 | Noon – 2:30pm

Dr. Randi McCabe
Evidence-based Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults

Dr. Mark Bennett
Evidence-based Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Adults

Dr. Karen Francis
Evidence-based Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Youth

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Kingston

10/04/2013 | 1pm – 4:30pm

Dr. Casi Cabrera
A brief over view of contemporary history of psychiatry: From DSM-III to DSM5 and beyond.

Ms. Amber Knuff
Approach to the Assessment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

Dr. Sarosh Khalid-Khan, Ms. Laura Narducci and Ms. Courtney Rombough
Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scope of the problem and management: Exploring how Facebook may contribute to anxiety in adolescents with anxiety disorders.

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Ottawa

10/04/2013 | 7:45am – Noon

Dr. Marcelo Berlim
TBA

Dr. H. Sackeim
Is there still a role for electroconvulsive therapy in mental health treatment?

Dr. A. Lozano
Stimulating areas deep in the brain may alter its activity and ultimately alleviate depression

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Timmins

10/02/2013 | 8:30am – 2:30pm

Jonathan Zinck
The Long Winter

Melanie Verreault & Melissa Violette
NEOFACS Aboriginal Services Delivery Model

Patricia Blackned
A Personal Story

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Toronto

10/05/2013 | 9am – 1pm

Dr. Suneeta Monga
What to do with big worries in little kids.

Darlene Wierski-Devoe
A family perspective on the benefits of early intervention.

Dr. Patrick Carney
Dealing with Anxiety At School: Strategies and Supports.

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Vancouver

09/30/2013 | 8pm – 10:30pm

Kathreen Riel
Bullying

Dr. Tyler Black
Suicide and Self Harm

Dr. Jana Davidson and Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos
Metabolic Side Effects Caused by Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications

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Winnipeg

09/30/2013 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Norah Vincent, Ph.D
Effectiveness of a web-based treatment of insomnia

John Walker, Ph.D
Depression: Using the web to inform the public about treatment choices

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Our Sponsors

Michael Smith Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Sick Kids Foundation

Our Partners

BC Children’s Hospital, CIHR/INMHA, Canadian Mental Health Association, Dalhousie University, Hospital for Sick Children, McGill University, McMaster University, Timmins Native Friendship Centre, Queen’s University, Royal Ottawa Hospital, St. Boniface General Hospital, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, St. Joseph’s Centre for Mountain Health Services, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Saskatoon

Professional Advisory Board

Dr. Jean Addington, Dr. Martin Alda, Dr. Pierre Blier, Dr. Bruce Christensen, Dr. Nicholas J. Coupland, Dr. Kathryn J. Gill, Dr. William G. Honer, Dr. Ridha Joober, Dr. Martin Lepage, Dr. Xin-Min Li, Dr. Ellen L. Lipman, Dr. Derryck H. Smith, Dr. Richard Swinson, Dr. John R. Walker