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Meet Dr Sid Kennedy
In his joint roles as Professor of Psychiatry at U of T, Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and St Michael’s Hospital and the lead researcher with the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND), Dr. Kennedy is immersed in research surrounding depression, bipolar disorder and suicidality. He is also a consummate teacher, someone clearly used to breaking down complex ideas into manageable bites for the non-scientists among us.
Meet Karen Minden
One has only to read the notes on the Governor General of Canada’s website to learn why Karen Minden was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010. Part of the biographical note on the GG’s site reads: “With compassion and determination, Karen Minden has provided hope for youth in crisis and their families. She is co-founder and chief executive officer of the Pine River Institute, a holistic residential treatment centre for teens struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. Highly regarded for making the Institute a pioneer in measuring treatment results, she has also contributed to policy development related to teens and addictions in several provinces.”
Meet Dr Joanna Henderson
Dr Joanna Henderson is fortunate to play many roles in the field of mental health. A clinical psychologist by training, her work is focused on youth and emerging adults aged 12-25. She is a Senior Scientist in the Child, Youth & Emerging Adult program at CAMH and Executive Director of the McCain Centre at CAMH. Currently leading four federally funded studies, Dr Henderson is directly engaged in shaping the policies and practices that impact young adults with mental health challenges.
Meet Susan Meikle
An Occupational Therapist by training, Susan Meikle has 45 years of professional experience; currently she is the Executive Director Toronto North Support Services. One of the services she leads provides “a doorway” of access to 53 provider services for upwards of 7,000 referrals a year.
Despite campaigns geared towards destigmatization, the stigma around mental health for men remains intact and is negatively impacting their well-being:
- rates of mental illness are comparable between men and women, but men are less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for their illness.
- up to 10 percent of men experience paternal postpartum depression.
- 80 percent of people who die by suicide are men.
- the suicide rate is three times higher for men than it is for women.