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Ben-Gurion University CARES About Mental Health

Montreal - Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Ben-Gurion University CARES About Mental Health Ben-Gurion University CARES About Mental Health On Thursday, April 10, 2014, CABGU supporters were welcomed at a parlour meeting at the home of Joyce Gampel. CABGU Quebec Region President Robert Elman greeted the guests and introduced them to the featured speaker, Professor Golan Shahar, clinical-health psychologist and research pathologist who serves as Professor of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Golan is the founder of the STREALTH http://golanshahar.wix.com/strealth#!lab-members/c1jm9 (stress, self and health) lab and founding director of a new center called CARES (Center for the Advancement of Research on Stress-Related Disorders) as well. He is also a visiting professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medecine and the Editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

Golan’s presentation, which dealt with his research on the effect of stress from threatened or actual missile attacks - terrorism - on depression among children and teens, was fascinating, and his listeners were enthralled. His research led to conclusions about the increase in violent behaviour among young persons in the fourth year after the exposure to stress had begun, and the significance of support from family, school and especially from peers in reducing depression.

Golan explained how Israel, particularly the Negev, was an ideal place for this type of study, and how Prof. Rivka Carmi, President of BGU, made it possible to complete the study when funding had been exhausted midstream. Golan’s talk, erudite and passionate, inspired many questions and comments from his listeners, and lively discussion took place as refreshments were enjoyed.

Agar Grinberg, Executive Director of CABGU - Quebec Region, thanked Joyce warmly for opening her beautiful home to CABGU for this event.

If you are interested in hosting or attending a parlour meeting like this one, please contact Ellayne Kaplan at ellaynekaplan@bengurion.ca.

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