May 9, 2019
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – The Canadian Mental Health Association is marking its 68th annual Mental Health Week May 6 to 12 to raise awareness and support for mental health issues.
Laurier experts are available to comment about mental health:
Jennifer Lavoie, an associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Criminology, is an expert on mental health, policing, violence and victimization. Her current research explores how police officers and mobile crisis teams respond to mental health crises in the community. Read about Lavoie’s work to help police respond to people with mental health challenges. Contact information: 519.756.8228 x5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work. He is an expert on community mental health, especially mental health and stigma in immigrant communities and treatment options for individuals with mental illness in the community. Prior to joining Laurier, Mfoafo-M’Carthy served as a social worker, assisting individuals with serious mental illness and HIV/AIDS, as well as youth in conflict with the law. Contact information: 519.884.0710 x5238 or email@example.com.
Amy Milne-Smith, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of History, is an expert on the history of mental health, particularly in Victorian Britain and Europe. Milne-Smith is available to comment on the history of stigmas about mental health, the rise and fall of the asylum, mental health and crime, and the evolution of diagnostics and military mental trauma. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Woodford, an associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ youth. Woodford’s research explores how discrimination can increase LGBTQ2S+ youth's risk for poor mental health and other negative outcomes, as well as the factors that can foster resilience to discrimination. He is leading the Thriving on Campus Study, a province-wide survey exploring the experiences, mental health and academic success of LGBTQ2S+ university students in Ontario. Contact information: 519.998.4514 or email@example.com.
Maritt Kirst is an assistant professor in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University and an assistant professor (status-only) in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is an expert in mental health, addictions and homelessness, with a particular interest in making community-based health care and social services more accessible to vulnerable populations. Contact information: 519.884.0710 x3077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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