Public health approaches to reducing the burden of mental illness
How can we reduce the burden associated with adolescent mental illness?
Professor Ian Colman will present recent research on health promotion strategies to reduce the burden associated with adolescent mental illness. This will include whether making healthy behaviour changes such as making a child’s diet more healthy, improving parenting behaviours, or making efforts to build social support for a child could have a beneficial impact on a child’s mental health.
Ian Colman is a Professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. He is president of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology and director of the Applied Psychiatric Epidemiology Across the Life Course (APEAL) Lab. His research program investigates the epidemiology of common mental illnesses in the general population. His current focus is understanding longitudinal and life-course processes surrounding depression and anxiety, with a particular interest in identifying early-life factors that may predict depression and anxiety later in life. In addition, he has interests in long-term outcomes of common mental disorders and their treatment, and the epidemiology of suicidal behaviour. For more information about Ian Colman, click here.