In the News – January 2014

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CREST.BD researchers are making headlines with their innovative studies and initiatives in mental health including medical genetics, stigma, and depression. Read on to access the full articles – and join us in congratulating the team for their continued excellence in the field and commitment to positively impacting the mental health of Canadians.

Artists fight stigma with creativity: Opportunities allow creators’ skill, not their illness, speak first Ottawa Citizen January 20, 2014

ottawa citizen articleCREST.BD researcher, Dr. Steven Barnes, an artist and member of Vancouver’s Gallery Gachet, was featured in a January 20th Ottawa Citizen article that explored a movement by Canadian artists to address mental health stigma through their creative work: “Barnes, an oil painter and new media artist, is considering starting a course in UBC’s psychology department on the relationship between madness and creativity, a link that many in the sciences continue to grapple with.”
Read the full article.

Fifteen things Canadians can do to be healthier this year Globe and Mail January 5, 2014

Raymond LamDr. Raymond Lam, weighs in for a January 5th Globe and Mail feature that asked 15 experts to name one thing Canadians can do to be healthier this year.  ” Lose weight. Eat better. Finally get fit. The grand ambition (not to mention blind optimism) of New Year’s resolutions also makes them near-impossible to achieve. In a bid to improve our odds of success, we called top health and fitness experts for more manageable goals. We asked them: ‘What is one thing Canadians can do to be healthier this year?’ Here is what they said.” Dr. Lam is #15! Read the full feature.


Unique genetic counselling program helps empower people with mental health disorders Vancouver Sun, December 26 2013

Jehannine and Vic_VS ArticleJehannine Austin’s pschiatric genetic counselling program is the first of it’s kind in the world. The clinic was recently featured in a Vancouver Sun article: “We’re seeing the adult children of parents with mental illness,” said Austin, noting they come to counselling to find out what their chances are of developing a mental illness, or whether their own children could face problems.

“A lot of them come in these doors with a sense of fatalism,” she said. “In the absence of a really coherent explanation, people will construct their own explanations. And those explanations for themselves can make them feel doomed. They think: ‘Just because my mother has schizophrenia, so will I.’ But these are not conditions that are entirely caused by genes.” CREST.BD member, Victoria Maxwell, is also interviewed in the article.  Read the full article.

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