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Improving Access to Care with e-Mental Health

on June 21, 2017   |    No Comments

Earlier this year the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hosted a roundtable in Vancouver, BC. They invited policymakers, clinicians, researchers, and people with lived experience to discuss the pressing issue of access to mental health care and how e-mental health can be used to improve the situation. I was … Read more

community engagement

Mental Illness in the Movies: Thoughts on Mad World

on June 14, 2017   |    No Comments

I am the curator of the “Frames of Mind” Mental Health Film Series, a monthly program sponsored by the UBC Dept. of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque that uses award-winning films from around the world to promote awareness and education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Our programs occur … Read more


The “Risky Business” of Risk-Taking in Bipolar Disorder

on June 7, 2017   |    No Comments

For my master’s thesis, I am collecting information about risk-taking behaviors in Bipolar Disorder (BD) along with my supervisor, Dr. Guillermo Perez-Algorta (see Bipolar and Risk-Taking Behaviors: New Research, by Anna Chiara Sicilia). As a part of my research, I have been reading and thinking a lot about risk-taking. Risk-taking … Read more

interventions and self-care

Opening Doors to Progress: Including People with Mental Health Conditions in Research

on May 31, 2017   |    No Comments

There is a growing need for new and useful perspectives in mental health. While standard research methods yield helpful and essential progress, calling on consumers to become involved in research opens the door to a whole array of untapped resources and otherwise hidden solutions. People are suffering from mental illness … Read more

community engagement