A Symposium to prioritize the challenges and create an agenda for change
TORONTO, April 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Graham Boeckh Foundation is pleased
to present The Next Frontier in Mental Health: From Research to Patients, a first of its kind symposium bringing together world class scientists
and practitioners in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom
to discuss and provide key insights on the translation of research into
improved patient care and how we can move forward towards greatly
improving community mental health practice in this country.
"When it comes to mental health, we must put patients first and treat
them with best practices, dignity and respect while engaging them in
healthcare decisions," says J. Anthony Boeckh, Graham Boeckh
Foundation. "The goal of the Symposium is to discuss how best to put
research into practice to achieve greatly improved patient outcomes.
Mental health impacts everyone, directly or indirectly, at all stages
of life. Providing patients and their families with the best possible
treatment in a timely manner must be the priority. We need a commitment
from all stakeholders - scientists, universities, mental health care
practitioners, funders, and government agencies."
To strengthen the public health impact of mental health spending, a far
greater portion needs to be devoted to establishing the evidence
necessary to support change in how care is delivered. "Properly
applying existing knowledge, for example, can have a huge impact, and
will be the focus of this year's Symposium," says Boeckh.
The Next Frontier in Mental Health: From Research to Patients
Mental Health Symposium
No cost to participate
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Suite 100, Toronto, ON, M5G
J. Anthony Boeckh & Ian Boeckh
Graham Boeckh Foundation
**One-on-one media interviews can be arranged in advance of the
The Next Frontier in Mental Health Symposium speakers list and programme can be found online at http://www.grahamboeckhfoundation.org/english/Documents/Next_Frontier_in%20Mental_Health_2012_Program.pdf
Mental health affects day-to-day living and has the ability to influence
how we feel, perceive, think, communicate and understand.i Without good mental health, people can be limited in their ability to
realize their full potential or actively participate in everyday life.i
Current services to support mental health are comprised of a mix of
health, social, vocational, recreational, volunteer, occupational
therapy, and educational services, as well as housing and income
According to Boeckh, "These services, all too often, are not
co-ordinated and delivered effectively. It is a national scandal that
far too many unwell people are treated poorly or not at all, end up on
the streets or in prison."
About the Symposium
This Symposium is the follow-up to a symposium held in Montreal last May
with the Gairdner Foundation: "Frontiers in Mental Health," where distinguished researchers from around the world gathered to
advance our understanding of a range of mental illnesses in light of
As the title suggests, the 2012 Symposium will move the discussion
further along to treatment, and will look at examples of programs that
address first episode and early detection, with a particular focus on
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. There will also be a section on
children and youth mental health.
Partners include: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute
of Neurosciences; Mental Health and Addiction; Douglas Mental Health
University Institute; CHU Sainte-Justine; University of Toronto,
Department of Psychiatry; McGill University; Université de Montréal;
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD); Mental Health
Commission of Canada; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; and, The
Psychology Foundation of Canada.
Sponsors include: Bell; Dean's Knight; Power Corp.; and, the RBC
People interested in registering in advance to attend this event should
About the Graham Boeckh Foundation
The Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) is a private foundation created by J.
Anthony Boeckh and his family to fund initiatives in the area of mental
Note to the Editor
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes mental health is an
integral and essential component of health and defines health as "A
state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely
the absence of disease or infirmity."iii
The WHO predicts that by 2020 depression alone will be the second
leading cause of illness and disability after heart disease.iv
i Health Canada. Healthy Living: Mental Health. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/mental/index-eng.php. Accessed March 2012.
ii Public Health Agency of Canada. Mental Health Services System. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/mh-sm/services-eng.php. Accessed March 2012.
iii World Health Organization. Mental Health: strengthening our Response
Key Facts. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs220/en/. Accessed March 2012.
iv Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative. http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/sujets/prob_sante/sante_mentale/index.php?comprendre_et_prevenir_en. Accessed March 2012.
SOURCE Graham Boeckh Foundation
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