The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario & CAN-BIND present:

Distinguished Speakers Series: Suicide Awareness – Stories of Hope & Recovery

A FREE, PUBLIC talk on suicide awareness from a lens of hope & recovery. Learn about new research in suicide biomarkers & hear a family’s journey of hope and recovery.


Ann Marie MacDonald, Executive Director of MDAO and Dr. Sidney Kennedy, lead scientist of CAN-BIND, Arthur Sommer-Rotenberg Chair in Suicide Studies and Depression

Distinguished Speakers:

Dr. Sakina Rizvi, CAN-BIND scientist, will present research on identifying biological and behavioural risk factors for suicide and treatment resistant depression in order to predict treatment outcomes.

David and Deborah Cooper are suicide loss survivors following the death of their son, Eli Cooper in 2010. They will share their poignant story of their family’s journey of hope and recovery.

A panel discussion will take place with an opportunity for a questions from the audience. Light refreshments will also be provided.

When: Wednesday, September 28th. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the event will run from 7pm – 9pm.  Volunteers will be present to direct you the main auditorium (room 209) or follow the signage in the building.

Where: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute 209 Victoria Street, is located just north of St. Michael’s Hospital in the downtown Toronto core at the north east corner of Victoria St and Shuter Street. The event takes place in the Main Auditorium (Room 209). Google maps link:

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