Four misconceptions around depression

“These are truly extraordinary times. We know that when people are experiencing something new and unfamiliar to them, it can cause many people to also experience stress and anxiety among other mental health challenges,” remarked the Hon. Michael Tibollo, Associate minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “These stressors become a lot for a person to manage on their own – even with the support of their family and friends.”

As Tibollo rightly pointed out, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the concerns around brain health, making it more important than ever for mental health and wellness to be discussed more broadly. This offers people an opportunity to speak and share without fear of stigma and make use of tools and supports readily available to make informed decisions about their overall health in partnership with health care providers.

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Knowledge Translation – Bring lab to life

 

Do you recall the old adage, ‘sharing is caring’? We teach our kids the value of sharing because we believe it’s an important skill to develop. As we get older, the skill of sharing takes on new meanings, like cooperation or generosity, but the core concept remains unchanged; we give, and we get – it makes relationships and society work better. At OBI we encourage that our stakeholders share their research knowledge because we believe that, by sharing what we learn from research, we can empower people to better care for their brain health.

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Trexo Robotics – Benefits during COVID – Meet Jacob

Jacob’s case study is quite an important one to share.

Jacob has a milder form of Cerebral Palsy, where he can walk by himself in a walker, but needed help in improving his gait. He also has some speech difficulties, but his cognition is perfectly fine. Jacob’s family got the Trexo in November 2019 hoping to see some benefits from it.

 

As soon as they started using the device, they started noticing improvements in his walking and overall strength and balance. Continue reading “Trexo Robotics – Benefits during COVID – Meet Jacob”

The Mind Series: Science Meets Psychedelics

Can psychedelic drugs help people living with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

We explored this question at the first session of “Great Conversations: The Mind Series” in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. “Science Meets Psychedelics” hosted by Dan Riskin, an evolutionary biologist and former TV co-host of Daily Planet, featured panelists Norman Farb, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and Anne Wagner, PhD, Clinical psychologist, Founder of Remedy and Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University.

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Mental Health is Brain Health – A paradigm shift

When Britain appointed Tracey Crouch its first Minister of Loneliness, most people found it humorous. The apparent silliness of that appointment quickly subsided and provoked important questions about mental health, extending beyond Britain’s borders. Is this issue true to Britain alone? And is loneliness no longer a personal matter? The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness that urged Britain to act revealed more than 9 million people in Britain – around 14 percent of the population – often or always feel lonely, costing employers up to $3.5 billion annually, not to mention the personal costs in wellbeing. Continue reading “Mental Health is Brain Health – A paradigm shift”

Meet our 2020 ONtrepreneurs

With a focus on promoting brain health, the OBI ONtrepreneurs Program was established in 2012 to provide early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to bring their ingenious neurotech ideas to life. The program offers an investment of $50,000 as well as 12-months of training opportunities, one-on-one mentorship and commercialization support to help entrepreneurs build neurotech companies.

Currently in our ninth year, we are proud to introduce our latest cohort of 2020 ONtrepreneurs – recipients of Canada’s single largest award for early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs.

Meet OBI’s 2020 ONtrepreneurs – learn about their personal stories, passions and the neurotech they’re working on. Continue reading “Meet our 2020 ONtrepreneurs”

The F-Words: Finding the Ability in Disability

When Dr. Jan Willem Gorter and Dr. Peter Rosenbaum first published, “The F Words in Childhood Disability: I swear this is how we should think”, they did not anticipate that the report would be downloaded 20,000 times with 240 citations, shared around the world and translated into over 30 languages.

Their intent was to shift people’s perspective on disability – instead of focusing on what individuals can’t do, to focus instead on what they are able to accomplish. Built upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, CanChild’s F-words (favourite words), have made an incredible impact across the globe.

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