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SFU Experts available for World Mental Health Day

October 07, 2020

As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus on mental health is more important than ever. On Oct. 10, World Mental Health Day, a campaign of the World Health Organization, will focus on increasing investment in awareness of mental health. 

The following SFU experts are available to speak on a range of mental health topics:


associate professor, psychology,

Topics: Happiness, well-being, generosity, kindness, social relationships

PAOLA ARDILES, professor, health sciences,

Topics: Health sciences mental health promotion, healthy workplaces, and building resilience - at community and individual levels 

LIEKE TEN BRUMMELHUIS, associate professor, Beedie School of Business

Topics: Mindfulness techniques, dealing with anxiety and stress

THEODORE COSCO, assistant professor, gerontology               

778.957.3339 |

Topics: Mental health/social support, technology and health

MARTIN MROZ, director, Health & Counselling           


Topics: General health and counselling, renewal of My SSP, SFU’s - mental health program for students 


MELISSA SHAW, SFU Communications & Marketing 

236.880.3297 |

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