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Public talk Young People University Stress and Mental Health by Patrick Dion vice-chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Category: myUNB , UNB Fredericton

Date: November 14, 2013
Time: 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: McCain Hall, Kinsella Auditorium | St. Thomas University

A nationally recognized voice for mental health and wellness will speak about young people and university stress on Thursday, November 14 at 8 p.m. in the Kinsella Auditorium in McCain Hall, St. Thomas University.

When the Mental Health Commission of Canada was struck in 2007, transforming Canada's mental-health system was an ambitious goal.  Patrick Dion, vice-chair of the board of the commission, will share his family's journey and the Commission’s efforts to address the burdens of soul-destroying stigma, lack of treatment options, and discrimination, beginning with his brother's journey with mental illness while a university student.  

While unprecedented collaboration and progress have helped create a tangible difference, Dion recognizes that for those living with mental health challenges much work remains, and the discussion and treatment of mental illness is a conversation that must take place.

Dion was appointed Ontario's representative on the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2007 and for the past two years has served as vice-chair.  In 2009, he was recruited by Ontario's Minister of Health to serve on the advisory group guiding the Government of Ontario's review of its mental health and addictions system.

Dion is a leading government relations professional, recognized for helping clients solve strategic issues and enhancing their reputation and brand with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. He was named to the Ottawa Business Journal’s FortyUnder40, its annual list of top young business leaders in Ottawa, and was recently awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Dion graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in electrical engineering science. More recently, he graduated from the Directors Education Program at University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

This public talk is co-sponsored by St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick. All are welcome to attend.