Keeping Neighbours in Mind: Calgary’s Mental Health

  • April 26, 2015
  • 11:00 am
  • McDougall Centre

Study after study argues that our physical and mental health has less to do with actual health care and lifestyle choices and much more to do with our everyday living conditions. If things like job security, wealth distribution, access to quality education, community support keep us strong in mind and body then what happens when, work is precarious, universities are corporations and neighbours barely know each other?

Medical director of Underserved Populations, Dr. Kwame McKenzie and author of Drunk Mom, Jowita Bydlowska, sit down with moderator and journalist Shelley Youngblut to discuss community, resilience and the positive change that can occur when we acknowledge the link between the health of our communities and the health of bodies and minds.

  • Free



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