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SFU Experts on Canadian Mental Health Week

April 29, 2021

As COVID-19 continues its global impact, the Canadian Mental Health Association's (CMHA) Mental Health Week May 3-9 will focus on how people are faring in these challenging times. The CMHA recently reported that 40 per cent of Canadians say they’ve experienced a mental health decline since the pandemic began. This year, marking Mental Health Week’s 70th anniversary, the theme is to understand, recognize and deal with our emotions, while raising awareness of mental health and breaking the stigma around mental illness.

The following SFU experts are available to speak on topics related to mental health.


Paola Ardiles, senior lecturer, health sciences,

Topic: Prevention of mental health issues for post-secondary students and immigrant and refugee communities 

Faranak Farzan, chair, Technology Innovation for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health, mechatronic systems engineering,

Topic: Creating new tools to predict patient response to treatment for depression, and how this can significantly reduce the burden of illness. Leads SFU’s e-Brain Lab (in Surrey’s Health Technology District). See earlier feature on

Neha Shivhare, professor, education,

Topic: Role of mindfulness practices and games in enhancing mental health and creating empathetic communities 

Charlotte Waddell, professor, health sciences,

Topic: Child and youth mental health. Waddell can also speak to National Child and Youth Mental Health Day (May 7).


MATT KIELTYKA,  SFU Communications & Marketing 
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