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In Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and
every year the goal is to fight the stigma around mental health, provide
support and to educate the public. Mental illness refers to a wide range of
disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour. In any given year, 1 in 5
Canadians will experience a mental illness or addiction. Many mental health
problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence, and can lead to
compromised quality of life or premature death in some cases. In our lab, we
aim to understand the structure of the developing brain, as well as its
function and plasticity with the hope of improving treatments for children who
experience learning and behavioural challenges. Many of our ongoing studies
focus on the links between mental health and the brain by studying neurological
changes during this crucial time of development (preschool-aged children to
adolescence) and brain maturation. With understanding of how the brain matures
and changes in response to developmental disorders such as fetal alcohol
spectrum disorder and autism spectrum disorder, we can begin to comprehend how
to help these children cope and offer explanations as well as treatments and
solutions.

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