GBF Quarterly Newsletter Volume 2.1

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Happy New Year!

Over the next few months we look forward to the official launch of CAP (details below). We are also participating in exciting opportunities in Canada and abroad to expand our horizons and connect with members of the global mental health community who share our devotion to transformational change.

We have really enjoyed connecting with so many of you over the past few months as we have ventured into the world of social media. We are excited to read more of your tweets and updates as we expand. We look forward to connecting with more of you!

Kindest regards,

Joelle Sholzberg
Communications Manager

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In this issue:
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Access to Psychotherapy
Widening access to psychotherapy services in Quebec.
IAYMH 2013
IAYMH 2013
Reflections on the 2013 International Association of Youth Mental Health.
Movember logo
A hairy month at GBF!
Dr. Sam Lal Award
Dr. Samarthji Lal Award
It's still not too late to nominate a researcher.



CAP: Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy

The prevalence and effects of mental health problems are far-reaching - 20% of Canada's population suffers from a mental health problem every year. CAP (, under the leadership of GBF and the Mental Illness Foundation, strives to advocate for improved access to pyschotherapy services in Quebec as recommended by the Health and Welfare Commissioner (CSBE) in his 2012 report.
CAP believes that people with mental disorders, like those who suffer from other health problems, should have access to an optimal combination of services, treatments and support.

Op-ed: The clear case for public Quebec funding of psychotherapy



IAYMH 2013: The 2nd International Youth Mental Health Conference

This fall, GBF joined professionals, researchers, policy makers, young people and families at a conference in Brighton, UK.

Hosted by the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) and co-convened by Professors Patrick McGorry (Aus) and Max Birchwood (UK), the conference focused on 'young people at the forefront of reshaping services'.

GBF was fortunate to have met several youth representatives at the conference who have allowed us to share their impressions on the conference and on youth mental health.

Movember 2013: Team MoBoeckh

MoBoeckh Team

The GBF "MoBoeckh" team
From L-R: Ian Boeckh, Executive Chair; James Hughes, President; Robert Boeckh, Director.
In November 2012, Movember Canada proudly added men's mental health as a new cause alongside prostate cancer. As part of their Mental Health program, Movember focuses on prevention, early intervention, and de-stigmatizing mental illness.

GBF raised a total of $1,605. Thank you to all who donated to MoBoeckh and Movember campaigns in support of men's health.



Dr. Samarthji Lal

Dr. Lal was a co-founder of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre with Dr. N.P.V. Nair in 1979, and set up Canada's first brain bank at the Douglas Hospital Research Institute in 1980. Dr. Lal played a pivotal role in obtaining funds from the EJLB Foundation to set up the McGill Centre for Research on Schizophrenia, and in the establishment of the Graham Boeckh Chair in Schizophrenia at the Douglas Institute of McGill University.

In honor of Dr. Lal, GBF awards $25,000 annually to one researcher in the area of psychiatry who is making an outstanding contribution in the field.  

The deadline for the 2014 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research is January 31, 2014.

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