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Department of Psychiatry - Community Open House

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October 18, 2017 
October 18, 2017 
October 18, 2017 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Bayview Campus (2075 Bayview Avenue), McLaughlin Auditorium, E-wing Ground Floor (view a map and directions)

Connecting Our Community to Mental Health Information & Resources

The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) invites you to join Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook, for a community Open House to learn more about the unique mental health services available at Sunnybrook as well as other resources in the community.

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Select from one of the following Breakout Sessions which will consist of panel discussions with psychiatrists, support staff, and people with lived experience:

Session A: Memory, Mood and Maturity: Taking Care of the Mental Health of Older Adults 

Led by: Dr. Nathan Herrmann, Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Psychiatric conditions in older adults can be more challenging to treat because of associated and interacting medical problems. At Sunnybrook we consider the complex interaction between brain, mind and body.

Session B: Old and New: Adding Cutting-Edge Interventions to Gold-Standard Treatment for Mood Disorders

Led by: Dr. Mark Sinyor, Adult Psychiatrist

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medication are the gold-standard treatment for mood disorders but sometimes they do not work. Innovative enhancements to these therapies are being developed and tested at Sunnybrook.

Session C: When Obsession Takes Over: Addressing the Health Care Gap for Severe OCD at the Thompson Centre

Led by: Dr. Peggy Richter, Head of the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre

OCD is a surprisingly common psychiatric condition but sometimes can be very severe, debilitating and difficult to treat. The Thompson Centre has a special role to play.

Session D: Inside Out: Understanding Youth Mental Health and Accessing Help

Led by: Dr. John Teshima, Youth Psychiatrist

Youth and young adults can have special mental health challenges. Sunnybrook’s unique expertise to treat this population will be highlighted.

Speak with representatives from community organizations at different booths to find out about support programs.

FREE admission • FREE parking in Garage 1 • Light refreshments provided

Please RSVP:

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Infographic: Mental health statistics

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In any given year, 9% of men and 16% of women are affected by an anxiety disorder.

Bipolar disorder is the fourth most disabling medical condition among teens worldwide.

Up to 18% of women experience a depression disorder of some kind while pregnant.

81% of Canadians experience a seriously disabling major depression in their lifetime.

An estimated 2 million Canadian youth struggle with mental health or addiction problems, and yet only 1 in 5 will get specialized treatment.

Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to resume regular activities.

Illustration of supportive handsIf you or someone you care about is suffering in silence, REACH OUT and get the help you need. For more information on mental health services available to you: