Free Video-Conference Session: Depression

The week of October 2-8, 2011 is Mental Health Awareness week. As part of this week, the Community Health Education Program and Townshippers’ Association will be presenting a free live video-conference session on Wednesday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the topic of depression.

Depression is one of the most common and treatable mental illnesses yet, according to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, “90% of people who are depressed never seek treatment.” For this reason, it is hoped that this video-conference presentation will help to increase awareness about depression.

Entitled ‘The Many Faces of Depression’, this upcoming Community Health Education presentation will help participants understand how to recognize the signs of depression, its causes and effects. The session is intended for anyone: community members, caregivers or professionals interested in learning more about this important mental health topic.

Those present for the session will learn what depression is, who it affects and why, and where to get help. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues relating to depression and mental health. The presentation will be given by Dr. Allan Fielding (MDCM, FRCP(C)), a Senior Psychiatrist at McGill University Health Centre and an Assistant Professor at McGill University. Dr. Fielding completed his medical school education and his specialty training in Psychiatry at McGill University and now works as the Director of the Day Hospital program at the Allan Memorial Institute. He is also Associate Director of the Psychiatry Outpatient Department. He enjoys teaching medical students and residents and giving public lectures and presentations to help demystify mental illnesses. In addition to this, he is a frequent contributor to AMI- Québec’s education programs. He will be joined for the video-conference session by guest Kimberley Jackson, a Family Outreach Coordinator for AMI-Quebec. AMI-Quebec is a grassroots organization committed to helping families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance and advocacy.

In the Montérégie-East, this video-conference presentation will take place at Massey-Vanier High School, in room 507 of the Administration Building. Space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register to participate. For information about the session, or to register for a place, call Kate Murray, co-coordinator of the Eastern Townships Partners for Health and Social Services Montérégie-East Network, at 450-242-4421 or [email protected]

By: Kate Murray

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Sep 27, 2011 
Photo Credit: Nathalie McAuley
Photo Cutline: Visitors from across the Eastern Townships and beyond gathered in the town of Stanstead of Saturday, September 17 for the 32nd annual edition of Townshippers’ Day. The beautiful fall weather that was cool and crisp with lots of beautiful sunshine, combined with the careful planning of the organizing committee, made for a wonderful, Eastern Townships autumn outing!