Recent statistics indicate the suicide rate in Alberta has increased dramatically concurrent with mounting job losses across the province. The most recent data indicate that 30 per cent more Albertans took their lives in 2015 compared to 2014.   Some attribute this grim statistic to the downturn in oil prices and the economy, but what really lies behind these suicide statistics?  What are the causes of depression, and why does Alberta have such a high suicide rate?  The speakers will explore what some of the early warning signs of depression are and what preventative measures can be taken. As well, they will explain how family and community can help victims of depression.

Speakers: Mackenzie Becker and Adam Greaves

Mackenzie Becker is a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge completing a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology (with a special focus in addictions and mental health). Mackenzie also holds a Masters of Science (MSc.) in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University.

Mackenzie has worked in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta – Lethbridge & Area, and in numerous research and teaching assistant roles, focusing on depression, human sexuality, women’s issues, and counselling skills.

Adam Greaves BSW, MSW, RSW is a committed and award winning social worker and educator who believes that his profession is actually a wonderful way of being. He is currently based in Lethbridge, AB where he works as a mental health therapist for Alberta Health Services and as a sessional social work instructor with the University of Calgary.

Adam’s greatest professional passion is engaging in meaningful relationships with people and their communities. To this end he has worked in a wide range of social work positions in Alberta and British Columbia, in both non-profits and government agencies with a focus on major issues such as homelessness, addiction, children’s services and mental health.

Moderator:   Bev Muendel-Atherstone Date:Thursday, January 14, 2016 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM (30 minutes each for presentation, lunch and Q & A) Location: Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch) or $2.00 (includes coffee/tea)

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