Psychology Month highlights depression as the world’s leading disability

FEBRUARY marks Psychology Month in British Columbia and the BC Psychological Association (BCPA) is raising awareness of the role psychology plays in lives, jobs and communities with free public presentations across Metro Vancouver and in Victoria.

Presentation topics include gender identity in children and youth, suicide, couples’ therapy and overcoming depression caused by stress and trauma. The World Health Organization has determined depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression – an increase of more than 18 per cent in 10 years.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates the economic burden of mental illness to the Canadian economy is more than $50 billion per year. The Public Health Agency of Canada says one in five Canadians will face a psychological disorder in their lifetime and mental illness accounts for 30 per cent of short and long term disability claims.

BCPA hopes the presentation series will raise awareness that effective psychological treatments exist for the vast majority of mental illnesses and where the public can access treatment.

“Mental illness and addiction have a profound effect on everyone – in all walks of life and in all our communities. It affects families, the economy and the health care system” says Dr. Marilyn Chotem, President of the BC Psychological Association. “Psychologists can help people affected by mental illness and addiction through our referral service and by providing evidence-based treatment solutions to government that can effectively treat those suffering from mental illness and addiction.

“We hope that Psychology Month will encourage people to think and talk about their mental health, which is why we are offering free public talks in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Victoria in English, Punjabi and Mandarin.”

BCPA operates a province-wide free psychologist referral service. Patients can search for a Registered Psychologist by city, client type, area of practice, therapy method and language by visiting or by calling: 1-800-730-0522 or 604-730-0522.

The following talks are sponsored by BCPA:


Date & Time Title/Presenter Location/ Contact
Thursday February 1st 2018
Gender Identity in Children and Youth

Dr. Wallace Wong

VPL Central Branch
350 West Georgia, Vancouver
Monday February 5th 2018
Understanding and Coping with Anxiety

Dr. Alina Sotskova

Hillcrest Community Centre
4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
Tuesday February 6th 2018
The Heart of Love
Dr. Veronica Kallos-Lilly
VPL Britannia Branch
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Thursday February 8th 2018


Suicide: 13 Reasons Why & 14 reasons Why Not
Dr. Patrick Myers and Nina Sakovic
BPL Tommy Douglas Branch
7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Thursday February 15th 2018
Supporting Young Adults Heading to Post-secondary
Dr. Manbeena Sekhon – Talk in Punjabi
VPL South Hill branch
6076 Fraser St, Vancouver
Sunday February 18th 2018
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat

BPL McGill Branch
4595 Albert St, Burnaby
Monday February 19th 2018
Psychology and Trauma
Dr. Michael Sheppard
Hillcrest Community Centre
4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
Monday February 19th 2018
Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety
Dr. Carlton Duff
Burnside Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Road, Victoria
Tuesday February 20th 2018
Anxiety in Children
Dr. Mandy Chen – Talk in Mandarin
Richmond Caring Place Society
7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Thursday February 22nd 2018
Enhancing Psychological Wellness and Resiliency
Dr. Joti Samra
Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Saturday February 24th 2018
1.30pm-3.00pm (Time to be confirmed)
Be the Best Version of Yourself
Dr. Sara David
Port Moody Public Library
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Sunday February 25th 2018
Supporting Young Adults Heading to Post-secondary
Dr. Manbeena Sekhon – Talk in Punjabi
Newton Library, Surrey
13795 70th Ave, Surrey
Monday February 26th 2018
Parenting Challenging Behaviours
Dr. Janet Mah
VPL Kitsilano Branch
2425 MacDonald St, Vancouver
Tuesday February 27th 2018
Beyond Judgment
Dr. Noah Susswein
VPL Central Branch
350 West Georgia, Vancouver

For more detailed information on the free public presentation series for Psychology Month, visit or call 604-730-0501.