The Economy, Workplace and Mental Health - Experts discuss solutions



    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(CAMH) in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
presents Café Scientifique: Is Work More than Making a Living? Promoting and
maintaining mental health in the workplace, at Bymark (66 Wellington Street
West) on February 18th at 5p.m.
    This event is open to the media.
    Mental illness costs Ontarians about $20 billion annually, with billions
more being lost to decreased productivity. And in times of economic hardship,
these devastating costs are only likely to increase.
    While we know that work can contribute positively to overall health and
can promote recovery from mental illness, at times it can also have the
opposite effect, contributing to stress, anxiety and depression.
    How do we deal with these conflicting forces?
    Hosted by Ted Cadsby, former Executive VP of Retail Distribution at CIBC
and Director of the CAMH Foundation, this edition of Café Scientifique is an
open forum to discuss the challenges faced by employers and employees when it
comes to issues of mental health and wellness in the workplace. The panel of
experts will provide insight into the complex relationships of work, health
and productivity. The discussion will explore promising approaches to
promoting and maintaining mental health and addressing mental illness in the
work place.

    Panelists:

    Dr. Carolyn Dewa, Program Head of the Work and Well-being Research and
Evaluation Program, CAMH and Chair, Canadian Institutes of Health
Research/Public Health Agency Applied Public Health

    Dr. Guy Faulkner, Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and
Health, University of Toronto

    Dr. Zindel Segal, Head of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CAMH and Professor
of Psychiatry and Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University
of Toronto

    Complimentary refreshments will be available at 4:30 p.m., with the
discussion beginning at 5:00 p.m.

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's
leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH
combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, prevention
and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental
health and addiction issues.

    <a href="http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/">The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)</a> is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

    <a href="http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/">Les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC)</a> sont l'organisme de
financement de la recherche en santé du gouvernement du Canada. Leur objectif
est de créer de nouvelles connaissances scientifiques et de favoriser leur
application en vue d'améliorer la santé, d'offrir de meilleurs produits et
services de santé et de renforcer le système de santé au Canada. Composés de
13 instituts, les IRSC offrent leadership et soutien à près de 12 000
chercheurs et stagiaires en santé dans tout le Canada.





For further information:

For further information: To confirm attendance or for more information
on the speakers, please contact Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH at (416)
595-6015

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