For Immediate Release - (Toronto) – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario and SiG@MaRS are proud to host Schizophrenia: Changing Minds, an evening with special guest Dr. Fred Frese on Monday, March 22 at MaRS Discovery District. Dr. Frese is the founder of the Community and State Hospital Section of the American Psychological Association and is past president of the U.S. National Mental Health Consumers' Association.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 25, Dr. Frese is renowned for his first-hand knowledge of mental illness as both a consumer and as a psychologist. He has specialized in the area of schizophrenia for over 40 years, working tirelessly as a practitioner and advocate for consumers and their families.
Respected both for his sense of humor and his remarkable ability to translate research and public policy into usable information for his audiences, Dr. Frese is living proof that schizophrenia does not define an individual. His talent, openness, and expertise on the topic of recovery have made huge strides in empowering individuals and changing the way people think about mental illness in general.
What: Dr. Fred Frese - Schizophrenia: Changing Minds
When: Monday March 22, 2010, from 7-9 pm
Where; MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St. Toronto (Lower concourse auditorium). Note: this event is fully subscribed but media are welcome.
Dr. Frese currently holds a clinical faculty appointment in psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University and is an associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). He is Second Vice President of the Board of Directors of the U.S. National Alliance on Mental Illness, and is also on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Schizophrenia Bulletin.
About the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1979. SSO works to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia through education, support programs, public policy and research. Further information is available at www.schizophrenia.on.ca.
About the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres specializing in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, CAMH is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
About SiG@MaRS – Social Innovation Generation at the MaRS Discovery District
SiG@MARS offers programs and services for social innovators and entrepreneurs. Providing access to resources that can help them turn their ideas into positive outcomes for society, enhancing the quality of life for people in Ontario and across Canada.
We focus on:
- Programs to support the launch and growth of social ventures
- Enhancing the skills of and networks for social entrepreneurs
- Exploring new instruments of social finance
- Fostering opportunities for technology platforms to help scale social ventures
- Building the social enterprise community
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CAMH media contact: Michael Torres, 416-595-6015; firstname.lastname@example.org