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.


September 2019 – Anosognosia – Impaired Awareness of Illness – Finding Clarity in Chaos: Dr. D. Fredrikson will discuss and explore the concept and impact of Anosognosia and possibilities for paths of recovery. Anosognosia & Finding Paths of Recovery

May 2019 – The Future of Mental Health – Drs. Allan Burgmann, HOpe Centre, Lions Gate and Apu Chakraborty, St. Paul’s Hospital will discuss the future of mental health. The Future of Mental Health

February 2019 – A personal story with PTSD – Curt Petrovich, award-winning investigative journalist with over three decades experience reporting on national and international stories for the CBC,  shares his own story with PTSD – Curt Petrovich – Blamed & Broken


November 2018 – Clozapine – It’s Unique Effectiveness in Refractory Psychosis – Dr. Randall F. White , Medical Director, B.C. Psychosis Program & VCH Medical Director Vancouver Community Mental Health and Substance Use Services – Clozapine Use in Refractory Psychosis

September 2018 – From Biology to Beliefs- understanding the bio-psycho-social model of psychosis – Dr. Menon, Psychologist, BC Psychosis Program UBC and Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry UBC – From Biology to Beliefs

May 2018 – Specific psychological and medical benefits of meeting  physical activity goals. – Dr. Remick is the former Medical Director of The Psychiatric Clinics of the Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia (MDA) offering accessible patient centric novel and innovative methods of treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. – Exercise as medicine

January 2018 – Let’s Talk About Patient Care in Mental Health and Addictions –  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 Using Law to Access Treatment

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 www.MentalHealthForAll.com

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 www.dbtvancouver.com

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 Through the Mental health Systems

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 HOpe – The Future of Mental Health on the North Shore

“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   It Takes a Team

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 Supported Employment

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, 2013 The Tin Gods

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 Eating Disorders

Working With Families: The St. Paul’s Experiment
Peggy Simpson, Clinical Nurse Practitioner, St. Paul’s Hospital January 30, 2013 St Pauls Experiment