March 28, 2012


On April 11th, 2012, Dr. Sonia Lupien, Director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress will present a talk entitled:  “Silent Victims:  Breaking the Silence.”  Her talk is directed towards families fighting depression and the stigma of mental illness. Stigma is a barrier and often discourages individuals and their families from getting the help they need due to the fear of discrimination. The stigma of mental illness often leaves victims of depression and their families suffering in silence. Dr. Lupien will discuss the stigma of mental illness and the effects of stress on adults and children.   Methods of recognizing stress and ways to deal with managing stress will also be discussed.  This conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to break the silence, and share your personal experiences, needs and thoughts. We want to know what you have to say.

Dr. Lupien will also introduce her current research study on the stigma and stress of living in a family with depression. The Centre for Studies on Human Stress is actively recruiting families to participate in this study. The study is aimed at determining whether the stigma of depression has an impact on physiological and psychological markers of stress in adults and children. This study could be a major step in ensuring better understanding, services and access to mental health diagnosis and treatment for all Canadian families.

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