Free Vancouver Performance of Hit Play Crazy for Life by Victoria Maxwell and Public Forum Kicks Off Art Exhibit at Psychiatry Conference

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Tomorrow a FREE performance of Victoria
Maxwell's hit play Crazy for Life and a Public Forum hosted by psychiatry
president, Dr. Patrick White, kicks off the an art exhibit at the Canadian
Psychiatric Association (CPA) in Vancouver. The public is invited to this
opening event of the CPA Annual Conference. It's first come, first serve with
no reservations necessary. Come to the Hyatt Regency Downtown, Regency Room C
at 655 Burrard St. on Thursday, September 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the
show starts at 7:00 p.m.
    "This Public Forum is an important aspect of our conference. We want to
encourage dialogue between local consumers, caregivers, the public,
psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. We are committed to
building bridges with all the groups around our common goal-to eliminate
stigma and improve understanding about mental illness," says CPA President,
Dr. Patrick White. "Victoria Maxwell's work is one such bridge. With vivid
detail and irreverent humour, the play gives us a unique window on her
personal experience with bipolar disorder and her recovery from psychosis."
    This forum and play is a fitting opening to a unique art show featuring
visual works created by patients in psychosis early intervention programs
across the country. The art show entitled, Blank Canvas: Picture the
Potential, will remain open for public viewing during the CPA Conference from
Thursday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m to Saturday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m.
    "This is the first time that a selection of work from programs across the
country will be on display to the general public. I invite the Vancouver
public to join us on opening night of our conference to celebrate the recovery
and achievements of these young people who have uncovered their potential
through art and have benefited from its therapeutic value," says Dr. White.
"Behind every piece of art lies a story of hope and recovery from the symptoms
of mental illness."

    The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's
4,100 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951,
the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in
the provision of clinical care, education and research.

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