Happy New Year!

In honour of Bell Let’s Talk day, which is aimed at raising awareness about mental health, our research update this week will focus on two important initiatives for epilepsy and mental health.

1. How to Cope? A Discussion for People Living with Epilepsy and Depression/Anxiety

EpLink and CAN-BIND: Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression will be hosting an event for people living with epilepsy and depression/anxiety. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Auditorium (Room 209).

The event will feature talks from Ms. Wendy Morris, who will be speaking about her lived experience; Dr. Sherese Ali, a psychiatrist speaking about treatments and therapies for epilepsy and depression; and Dr. Kathryn Hum who will be speaking about resources available for epilepsy and depression and EpLink’s research on quality of life. Light refreshments will be served. You can find out more and register for the event here.

2. EpLink’s Research Study Recruiting Adults with Epilepsy and Depression

EpLink is recruiting adults (18 years or older) with epilepsy and depression for an upcoming study looking at whether an educational program will improve emotional well-being. Participants will take part in one-hour weekly telephone sessions over a total of 8 weeks, and will be asked to complete questionnaires for the study.

Participating in this study may improve your emotional well-being and help us better understand coping responses in people with epilepsy, leading to better support programs in the future.

If you or someone you know may be interested in enrolling in this study or would like more information, please contact Kathryn at 416-978-0779 or khum.eplink@gmail.com. Participants will be reimbursed for their participation.

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