Lecture Series to Focus on Mental Health, Wellness

Issue Date: 
February 12, 2007

The UPMC Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), in partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is sponsoring its annual Mental Heath and Wellness Lecture Series to raise awareness of mental health issues and educate the public about research advances at WPIC.

All of the free public lectures will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the 1st-Floor Quiet Reading Room of the Carnegie Library in Oakland. Following is the lecture schedule.

Feb. 14—“Depression: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know,” presented by Pitt psychiatry professor Charlotte Brown. This program will explore different types of depression, today’s effective treatments, and tips for seeking mental health care. An optional free depression screening will follow the program.

March 14—“Getting Better Sleep: What You Need to Know,” presented by Anne Germain, assistant professor of psychiatry. Germain will talk about sleep, causes of sleep loss, and treatments for better sleep.

April 11—“How to Cope With Stress for Better Physical and Mental Health,” presented by Bruce S. Rabin, medical director of the UPMC Healthy Lifestyle Program. This presentation will describe the mental and physical effects of stress and provide information on stress-coping skills.

May 9—“Diabetes and Depression,” presented by Sara Fleet, research principal in WPIC’s Department of Neurobiology Psychosis. Fleet will present facts about diabetes and depression, including how mental health affects physical health.

To register for any of these lectures, call the Depression Prevention Program at 412-246-5566. All calls are confidential.