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
10/03/2013 | 4pm – 8:30pm
Dr. Arlene Astell
Can you Live a Good Life with Dementia?
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
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
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.
10/04/2013 | 7:45am – Noon
Dr. Marcelo Berlim
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
10/02/2013 | 8:30am – 2:30pm
The Long Winter
Melanie Verreault & Melissa Violette
NEOFACS Aboriginal Services Delivery Model
A Personal Story
10/05/2013 | 9am – 1pm
Dr. Suneeta Monga
What to do with big worries in little kids.
A family perspective on the benefits of early intervention.
Dr. Patrick Carney
Dealing with Anxiety At School: Strategies and Supports.
09/30/2013 | 8pm – 10:30pm
Dr. Tyler Black
Suicide and Self Harm
Dr. Jana Davidson and Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos
Metabolic Side Effects Caused by Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications
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
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