Free info night on depression to mark World Mental Health Day

Associate Professor Mayuresh Korgaonkar. [Source: WIMR]

On Thursday 10 October, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) is hosting a free community information session, focused on depression.

It will feature presentations from researchers from WIMR’s Brain Dynamic Centres.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about what depression is and how depression develops, as well as how research at WIMR can change the quality of life and treatment options for those affected.

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, how it affects Australians and their families, and how researchers are striving to make a difference to those affected.

The World Health Organization recognises depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide. While treatment options exist, there is currently no way for doctors to predict how patients will respond.

WIMR researchers are focused on understanding how depression develops, as well as how we can predict an individual’s response to antidepressant medication, enabling them faster access to the right medication.

There will be a Q&A portion for you to gain a more in-depth insight into WIMR’s mental health research.

The event is free to attend, but registrations are essential. Light refreshments will be served at the event.

  • Date:    Thursday 10 October
  • Time:    6.00pm – 7.45pm
  • Venue:  The Westmead Institute for Medical Research – 176 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, New South Wales, 2145

Here is the registration link:

If you need support, the following organisations are available to help:

Mental Health Hotline (Open 24 Hours) – 1800 011 511

Doctors Health Advisory Unit Helpline (NSW) – 02 9437 6552

Lifeline – 13 11 14

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46  36

Suicide Callback Service – 1300 659 467

Men’s Help – 1300 78 99 78

JMO Support Line – 1300 566 321