2013 Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposium

Kaleigh on August 30, 2013

This year nine sites across Canada will be participating in Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia by hosting free workshops open to the public. Vancouver’s Mental Health Symposia will take place this year on Monday September 30, 2013 from 4pm-6:30pm

This event is intended for everyone! Families, parents, youth, seniors, health care provides, educators, services providers, justice workers and members of the general public are all invited to participate!  Participants can expect to hear presentations on new research that is being done in British Columbia, see a special exhibit of The One Project by Bryce Evans and talk to representatives from the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

This year’s presentations are:

You Can Make a Difference - Engaging Families In The Prevention of Bullying

Kathreen Riel,  B.Ed., MA Curriculum Specialist for the WITS Program   

Metabolic Side Effects Caused by Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications

Dr. Jana Davidson, MD, FRCP(C)


Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos

We Can Save Lives

Suicide Prevention in the 21st century

Dr. Tyler Black

Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Unit at BC Children’s Hospital

Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia

This event is the result of a collaboration between BC Mental Health and Addiction Services and Healthy Minds Canada.



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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

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RBC Children's Mental Health Project

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