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Mental Health Documentary Opens CCNM's Annual OpenHouse

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010, Toronto – It is the most costly disability to Canadian employers, racking up $51 billion annually in lost productivity and accounting for more lost work days than any other chronic condition. Most of us who read that statistic will probably think of everything but mental illness as the cause but researchers at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH) have calculated the cost of mental illness to be double the cost of leave for physical illness.

Mental illness is an increasingly pressing issue for Canadians. More than 1 in 5 Canadians will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in their lifetime, and millions of dollars will be spent on health care and prescription drugs to treat these individuals. The documentary film, Feeding the Brain, explores the urgent need to find treatments for mental illness that do more than merely mask the symptoms.

This film tells a story of the struggles that many face in an effort to treat their mental illness, and presents some of the most promising, albeit less conventional solutions that have been found. Mental illness survivors, researchers and health-care practitioners tell their compelling stories and share the hope of a new paradigm in treating mental illness.

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine will be holding a special screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion, at its annual Open House taking place on Saturday, October 2 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

• Renee Rodenkirchen, documentary filmmaker
• Jonathan Prousky, ND, chief naturopathic medical officer, CCNM and author of “Anxiety” and “Principles and Practice of Naturopathic Clinical Nutrition”
• Lydia Hunziker, Medical Program Manager, Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine

Where: Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
1255 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, at the Leslie subway station

When: Film screening to begin at 12:15 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program. The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary health-care practitioners. Interns at CCNM’s Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients’ health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, integrating acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy/massage and lifestyle counselling.

For more information contact:

Karamjit Singh, Media & Community Relations Officer
416-498-1255 ext. 263

For more information contact:
Catherine Kenwell
Director, Marketing and Communications
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Phone: 416-498-1255 x 243

Karamjit Singh
Media and Community Relations Officer
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Phone: 416-498-1255 x 263

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