Cape Breton University Helps Break Silence with Mental Health Services Progress Discussion

 Cape Breton University will host Mental Health & Addictions; Communities Leading Change, a community-focused discussion on mental health progress within the health care system on Tuesday, September 19, in the Verschuren Centre at 7 p.m.

 The event will aim to help guide the many people and groups in Cape Breton who are advocating for improvements in the mental health and addiction system and be led by Todd Leader, a CBU alumnus, Glace Bay native and mental health advocate.

 “Cape Breton University is committed to supporting and empowering our communities to effectively lead change,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, President (Interim). “These types of conversations allow for the collective voice of the community to be heard, while playing an effective role in progressive change.”

 Leader, has spent his career leading change within the health care system, and teaching how to advocate for that change. He has written a book, It’s Not About Us, from an insider’s perspective, about what keeps getting in the way of progress. In this community session, he will share information that can make Cape Breton advocacy as effective as possible and will help the people of Cape Breton achieve a more client-centered mental health and addiction system.

“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Cape Breton to help lead and facilitate this important discussion,” says Leader. “The improvement of mental health services has faced many obstacles to date, but it’s critical that we keep our communities involved and hear what they have to say.”

 Leader will also join students on Wednesday for a coffee house event presented by the CBU Psychology Society. At the event students will be encouraged to lend their voice to the conversation on mental health.