Psychiatry Backs Panel Call for Action on Depression in Canada

    OTTAWA, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA)
is encouraged by today's call for substantial changes on how depression is
viewed, prevented, diagnosed and treated in Canada. The call comes after a
national panel heard two days of evidence from a multi-disciplinary group of
Canadian experts, culminating in the release of a consensus statement on
depression in adults.
    "The CPA is committed to quick action on the panel's recommendation
calling on the Association to work with the College of Family Physicians of
Canada, the Canadian Psychological Association and people with direct
experience with depression to develop a toolkit of recommended screening and
assessment tools appropriate for Canadian settings," says Dr. Susan Abbey,
President of the CPA.
    "The CPA is also committed to working with our partners to achieve a
patient-centred, multi-disciplinary and collaborative system of care for this
significant public health problem." The Canadian Psychiatric Association is
the national voice for Canada's 4,100 psychiatrists and more than
600 psychiatric residents.

    CPA commends the Institute of Health Economics of Alberta, the Mental
Health Commission of Canada, the Alberta Mental Health Board and the Alberta
Depression Initiative for organizing this initiative. The consensus statement
is available at:

For further information:

For further information: Hélène Côté, Canadian Psychiatric Association,
(613) 794-9663,

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