OISE's Mental Health Committee is hosting a FREE panel discussion in conjunction with Healthy Minds Canada on the topic of anxiety and depression within the student population. We will hear from experts in the field as well as those with lived experience, who will be having an honest discussion about some of the difficulties and concerns faced by these individuals.
January 20th, 2016
OISE at the University of Toronto, Library
252 Bloor St. W.
Mary Compton – Mental Health First Aid instructor & Center for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (Moderator)
Chelsea Ricchio - Communications Manager at Healthy Minds Canada, UofT alumnus and living with dysthymia and social anxiety
John Shep - former U of T student
Carlos Wilson - Clinician at Stella's Place
More to be announced shortly.
Why Does This Issue Matter?
- It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide
- The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million
- More youth (aged 15 to 24) met the criteria for mood disorders and substance use disorders than any other age group
- Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our youth; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world
- Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide
These stats demonstrate how important it is to be able to increase the awareness of these mental health issues and decrease the stigma attached to them. Please come join us in our discussion on the topic of anxiety and depression within the student population. We will hear from experts in the field as well as those with lived experience, who will be having an honest discussion about some of the difficulties and concerns faced by these individuals. This is an opportunity to learn about and promote mental health awareness in your community.