Our long-running Public Education Lecture Series allows family members, those with the illness, professionals, and the general public to ask questions and get answers directly from experts and service providers on a wide range of topics covering all serious mental illness. The question-and-answer interchange makes each session particularly valuable.

Since its inception in 1989, the lectures have been held four times a year in the auditorium at Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, with occasional presentations in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Below is a list of lectures from present day to 2013. For the complete list of topics and speakers, please contact the Family Support Centre.


#Let’sTalk About Patient Care in Mental Health and Addictions – January 31, 2018 – A panel discussion including Jane Thornthwaite, MLA North Vancouver; Dr. Dianne McIntosh, Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC; Dale Handley, Head Nurse, Carlisle Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre.  – Patient Care in Mental Health and Addictions


Cognitive Remediation (CR) In Psychotic Disorders – The Implications and Opportunities – Dr. Todd Woodward – November 29, 2017- CR is a program designed to address the cognitive losses associated with mental illness, such as processing speed, memory, executive functioning, and motivation. Cognitive Remediation.

The Power of Hope – First Hand, Front Line Story – September 27, 2017 – 780 Drug Overdoses in B.C. January 1 to June 30th 2017, on track for a 70 percent increase over last year.  Clive Derbyshire, Vancouver, B.C. Paramedic The Power of Hope 

Understanding Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), May 31, 2017 – Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, MD, FRCPC, FAPA, Assistant  Professor,  Dept. of  Psychiatry, UBC.   ECT-Understanding Electroconvulsive Therapy

New Research in Using TMS to Treat PsychosisJanuary 25, 2017 – Dr. Fidel Vila Rodriguez, MD, FRCPC, FAPA, Assistant Professor, UBC, Director, Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies Laboratory and Schizophrenia Program New Research In Using TMS To Treat Psychosis


Two Personal Stories of Success and Courage – Erin Emiru Hawkes, MSc, Author – Schizophrenia, and Savanna Beatch – Bipolar 1 -Nov. 30, 2016 Personal Stories of Success and Courage

High Potency Pot Poses Risks to The Developing Brain, Dr. Diane MacIntosh, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC  – Sept. 28, 2016 High Potency Pot Poses Risks to the Developing Brain

What Family Caregivers Need from the Mental Heath System, Susan Inman, Author, Parent and Family Advocate – May 25, 2016 –What Family Caregivers Need From The Mental Health System

A Forensic Psychiatric Nurse’s Perspective, Carol Hobson, Forensic Psychiatric Nurse, Colony Farm, January 26, 2016 – A Forensic Psychiatric Nurse’s Perspective

Using the Law to Access Treatment
R. Kyle Friesen, Counsel, RCMP Legal Advisory Section, Department of Justice Canada
November 25, 2015

Marijuana: Medicine or Menace?
Dr. Siavash Jafari, Clinical Faculty, UBC Dept. of Family Medicine,
and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
September 30, 2015

Brain Plasticity and Everyday Life
Dr. Bill Honer, Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry; Director, UBC Institute of Mental Health;
Jack Bell Chair in Schizophrenia
May 27, 2015
View full presentation on YouTube

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dr. John Wagner, PhD., Clinical Psychologist and Director, DBT Centre of Vancouver
January 28, 2015

Through the Mental Health System – A Personal Story
Debbie Sesula, MA, Peer Support Program Coordinator,
North Shore Adult Community Mental Health Services
November 26, 2014

The Future of Mental Health on the North Shore
Dr. Apu Chakraborty, Adult Community Mental Health, Lions Gate Hospital
Dr. Allan Burgmann, Acute Psychiatric Services, Lions Gate Hospital
September 24, 2014

“It Takes a Team . . . or Maybe a Village:” Primary Care in Mental Illness
Dr. Dean Brown, GP, and Chair, North Shore Division of Family Practice
Dr. Betty Tang, child and youth psychiatrist
May 28, 2014
Please contact if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from this lecture.

Assertive Community Treatment
George Scotton, manager of ACT Vancouver
Drew Ryan, clinical supervisor, ACT VPD
Beverly Nolan, social worker, RainCity Housing First
Chelsea Bromley, occupational therapist, RainCity Housing First
January 29, 2014

Supported Employment
Gill Walker, Occupational Therapist,
North Shore Adult Community Mental Health
November 27, 2013
Please contact us if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from this lecture.

The Tin Gods and a Box of Q&A: 34 Years of Journals Written by a Mother
with a Serious Mental Illness

Debbie Palmer, family member and motivational speaker
September 25

Eating Disorders
Dr. Julia Raudzus, Medical Director
Dr. Grant Millar, Consultant Psychiatrist
B.C. Provincial Tertiary Adult Eating Disorders Program, St. Paul’s Hospital
April 24, 2013
Please contact us if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from this lecture.

Working With Families: The St. Paul’s Experiment
Peggy Simpson, Clinical Nurse Practitioner, St. Paul’s Hospital
January 30, 2013
Please contact us if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from this lecture.