Need an expert? World Mental Health Day / Mental Illness Awareness Week - Adults

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:

Dr. JianLi Wang (English only)
Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine; Senior Scientist and Director, Work & Mental Health Research Unit, The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research.

Mental health has never been so important in the context of COVID-19. Facing the closure of workplaces and health services, and the uncertainties about the future, people tend to feel anxious, depressed and uneasy. Such feelings can be normal reactions to external stressors. Yet, some may progress into a more severe state without early intervention.

It is important for the general public to b e aware of the signs of depression and anxiety and take evidence-based self-help actions to avoid becoming sick. One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The pandemic will eventually end so we need to do as much as we can to help ourselves, our families, and our friends through this difficult time.” 

Simon Hatcher (English only)
Vice Chair and Full Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine.

“The pandemic will likely result in more need for mental health care which means that investment in accessible mental health care is now more important than ever.”

Michelle Fortier (English and French)
Full professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Professor Michelle Fortier is a physical activity psychologist. Her research program aims to understand and promote physical activity behavior change with an emphasis on motivation/enjoyment. 

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