4th Annual CAN-BIND Family and Friends Day - Brain Health & Wellness in Depression

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Now in its fourth year, CAN-BIND Family and Friends Day is a free, annual outreach event. At this appreciation event, we share research updates and resource tools, and host hands-on wellness workshops for our study participants, their loved ones and the wider community. Inspired by Brain Awareness Week (March 11–17, 2019) this year’s theme will highlight different aspects of brain health and discuss changes that can lead to improvements in depression care and treatment.

Date/Time: Wednesday March 20, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Who Should Attend:

Individuals who participate(d) in any CAN-BIND research, their families and/or friends, partners, advocates, researchers, clinicians in mental health and anyone (public or otherwise) who would like to learn more about depression research and brain health.

Preliminary Event Schedule:

  • 5:00pm-5:15pm - Registration for pre-event Wellness Workshops 1 and 2
  • 5:15pm-5:55pm - Workshop 1: Beginner Martial Arts (30 min) - Lead: Ms. Alisa Gayle

*Workshop 2: Expressive Arts Therapy (40 min) - Lead: Ms. Ximena Moreno, OEATA

*Please note, Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop is now full.

  • 5:15pm-6:00pm - Registration, Information Booths and Light Reception*
  • 6:00pm-8:30pm - Welcome and Guest Speaker Talk Sessions
  • 8:30pm - Closing Remarks and Raffle Draw

*Light complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Information booths Include:

  • Centre for Depression and Suicide Studies (CAN-BIND and ASR Suicide and Depression Studies Program)
  • Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)
  • Hope and Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontarion (MDAO)
  • #BrainAwarenessWeek photo booth
  • Dr. Jane Foster Lab - Microbes and Mood
  • WE Wellbeing
  • Stella's Place
  • Family Navigation Project
  • Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

Lived Experience Talks:

  • Ms. Kathryn Sutcliffe, Topic: Hope is a Four Letter Word
  • Mr. John Stewart, Topic: Studies and Experiments for Dummies!

Research Talks:

  • Dr. Kate Harkness, Queen's University, Topic: Effects of childhood maltreatment on depression
  • Mr. Andrew Kcomt and Ms. Janice Pong, Topic: The CHOICE-D patient and family guide to depression treatment
  • Dr. Francesco Leri, University of Guelph, Topic: Addiction and anhedonia in depression
  • Dr. Shane McInerney, St. Michael's Hospital, Topic: Wellness, cognition and the CAN-BIND-1 study
  • Dr. Sakina Rizvi, University of Toronto, Topic: Neuroimaging and depression
  • Dr. Claudio Soares, Queen's University, Topic: M-health technologies for mood disorders

Small Travel Reimbursements

Thanks to generous event funding from the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), we are pleased to offer travel reimbursements of up to $100 for up to 10 CAN-BIND study participants/family members and/or friends living outside of Toronto. These will be provided on a case-by-case basis. Maximum 2 x $100 reimbursements per study participant. Please email the Outreach Coordinator, Anum for more information at shivjiarwana [at] smh [dot] ca


What time do the doors open?

Doors will open at 5:00pm for attendees wishing to participate in one of the wellness workshops. Each session will run in parallel from 5:15pm-5:55pm. Doors and registration for the main event will open at 5:30pm. The main event will run from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Volunteers will be present to direct you to the exhibition space. Please try to arrive a few minutes early to register and pick up your information package, visit our information booths and enjoy light refreshments.

Where is the event?

The We Global Learning Centre (339 Queen St E) is located just west of Queen St E & Berkeley St intersection in downtown Toronto.

Driving & Parking

Parking options include a public lot at Queen and Berkeley and Queen Richmond as well. There is Green P parking on the North side of Queen Street. There’s also parking one street north of Queen street on Shuter street.


The We Global Learning Centre is accessible from street level.

What is CAN-BIND Family and Friends Day?

More information about Family and Friends Day can be found here.

I have a question, who can I reach out to?

For questions, please contact the CAN-BIND Outreach Coordinator, Anum for more information at shivjiarwana [at] smh [dot] ca

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