Crazy performance will stir up conversation about anxiety and depression during Mental Health Week

CANADA (ADAC/ACTA) celebrates Mental Health Week (May 4th to 10th) with a
fundraiser and an awareness evening about anxiety disorders. CRAZY: One
Woman's Search For Sanity, by Gail Marlene Schwartz, will be held on
Wednesday, May 6th, starting with a pre-show cocktail at 6:30, and finishing
with a post show discussion with the actress and a mental health specialist,
at the Players' Theatre in Montreal. Cost $75.
    The project is designed to help gain understanding for and shift
paradigms about mental health challenges. The play is currently touring Canada
and the US and was a jury selection of the 2006 New York International Fringe
Festival. Crazy's humor allows gentle access to more difficult topics such as
violence, medication, and suicide.
    Schwartz says, "This work is art, but it is socially engaged art.
Breaking down stigma is a necessary step to start creating new ideas around
cultivating good mental health individually and socially. One of the most
important goals of this project is to take the topic out of the private sphere
and create a public forum in which to address the deeper roots of emotional
suffering-social, political, environmental challenges-which we must do
collectively if we have any chance of improving things."
    "Gail Schwartz's performance is inspirational and brings hope those
watching her," said Geneviève Charette, Executive Director of ADAC/ACTA. "The
play is both humorous and serious and will have the attendees leaving more
knowledgeable about what it is to live with an anxiety disorder" adds Ms.
    Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada. At
any time, one in every ten adults is experiencing an anxiety disorder. Over
the course of a lifetime one in four will be affected. 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 service to provide intervention, leaving an estimated 80% of
cases untreated. Anxiety disorders often begin early in life. 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. Currently, the two main types
of treatment which have been shown to be effective with anxiety disorders are
Pharmacological treatment and/or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

    ADAC/ACTA ( 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.
It seeks to educate consumers and professionals.

For further information:

For further information: on ADAC/ACTA or the fundraiser, CRAZY contact:
Geneviève Charette, Executive Director, ADAC/ACTA, Cell (514) 998-1245, Office
(514) 484-0504,;

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