(Great Neck, NY, Sept. 2, 2008) People concerned about the toll that mental health disorders are taking on their families and communities will have a unique opportunity to hear from world-class experts on what is known to-date about the causes, symptoms and progression of such illnesses as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia and autism, and learn about current and potential treatments.
In an unprecedented event called Healthy Minds Across America, 48 free public forums will take place around the United States and in Canada all on Sunday, September 14 at which some of the greatest minds and talents in neuropsychiatric research will report on the state of mental health research and how breakthroughs over the last 20 years have led to progress and hope, while uncovering new challenges.
NARSAD, the world's leading charity dedicated to mental health research, has organized the day of events, which is being held in partnership with many of North America's most prominent universities and research centers -- from multiple branches of the University of California and University of Texas to Yale, Harvard, the University of Pittsburgh, Duke and the University of Toronto, among dozens more.
"Never, to my knowledge, has there been such a concerted effort to bring the public together with the experts who hold the most knowledge about an area of human illness that accounts for more loss and devastation than any other," said Herbert Pardes, M.D., president of NARSAD's Scientific Council, who is also president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a former head of the National Institute of Mental Health. "Mental illness is so prevalent in our society, estimated to affect as many as one in four North Americans in any given year, with one in 10 suffering serious, chronic conditions."
Each of the Healthy Minds Across America forums will feature presentations by three or more research experts who will cover a wide rang
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NARSAD, The Mental Health Research Association