Anxiety awareness program designed for students launches across Canada



    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - THE ANXIETY DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF
CANADA (ADAC/ACTA) today announces it is launching STUDENT ZONE - Canada's
first anxiety awareness program for university, college and cegep students.
The bilingual program which includes a website: http//:www.anxietycanada.ca,
posters and brochures, is aimed at helping post secondary students identify
and deal with anxiety disorders.
    "We receive dozens of phone calls and emails from university and college
students telling us they don't understand what's happening to them and they
don't know where to turn to for help," said Sherry Holt M.Ed, President of
ADAC/ACTA "Our program is going to offer students an online tool where they
can access helpful information at any time. We're also going to have a blog so
students can share stories, tips and local help."
    Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada. At
any time, one in every ten adults is experiencing an anxiety disorder. They
are under-diagnosed and under-treated in the health care system. There is a
disturbing, and increasing lack of capacity in our professionally delivered
mental health services to provide intervention, leaving an estimated 80% of
cases untreated. Anxiety disorders often begin early in life and left
untreated can become debilitating.
    A 2004 study done in 40 universities across Canada found that on average
29.2% of university students experienced high levels of anxiety and
depression, and that women suffered almost 10% more than men. (CAMH Population
Studies e-bulletin Sept/Oct. 2005)
    Often, different anxiety disorders occur together or with other
conditions such as depression or substance abuse. Left untreated, they can
become chronic. Although Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent form of
mental disorder they are widely regarded as the most treatable. The treatment
of choice in youth and young adults with anxiety disorders is cognitive
behavioral therapy (CBT).
    ADAC/ACTA (www.anxietycanada.ca) is a registered Canadian non-profit
organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, treatment and management
of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them.
Founded in 2002, ADAC/ACTA seeks to educate consumers, professionals and the
public at large about anxiety disorders so that together, informed treatment
choices can be made. ADAC/ACTA will be presenting its 2009 Consumer conference
in Montreal in April.




For further information:

For further information: Geneviève Charette, Executive Director,
ADAC/ACTA, Cell: (514) 998-1245, Toll free: 1-888-223-2252,
contactus@anxietycanada.ca, www.anxietycanada.ca

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