For the fifth consecutive year, Calgary Counselling Centre (CCC) partnered with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness of depression in our community, particularly in the workplace.
About 150 guests attended a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency on October 6th to hear from Adam Legge, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Dr. David Goldbloom and Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of Calgary Counselling Centre. In addition to corporate Calgary representatives, CCC board members and donors were also in attendance.
Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner spoke on how the Calgary Counselling Centre sees first-hand the rising rate of depression and other mental health problems in the community, and how demands on counselling services are rapidly increasing.
Feature speaker Dr. David Goldbloom, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, spoke on the impact of mental health problems in the workplace and the importance of developing programs to ensure a mentally healthy workforce. Dr. Goldbloom provided examples of the work some companies are doing in this area.
Dr. Goldbloom had toured the Calgary Counselling Centre earlier that morning and he had high praise for both the facility and its work. “As Calgarians, you should be proud of having a counselling centre like the one I saw,” he said, describing it as “unparalleled in the country in terms of a number of key variables including access, quality, standards, measurement, education and accountability.”
Our corporate partner Bell Canada, kindly donated two new tablets to Calgary Counselling Centre. The Samsung Galaxy tablets were put to good use during the event, where many of the attendees used them to take the NDSD test. The tablets will continue to be used by CCC staff participating in external events.
Some of the media coverage for National Depression Screening Day included interviews with Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of Calgary Counselling Centre on Breakfast Television and CBC Radio’s Eyeopener and Manager of Counselling Services, Cathy Keough, with 660 Radio News and CTV Television News. With the help of our partners and other agencies, we were also active on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
In the final tally, 10,194 people took the free online depression screening test, making 2016 the year with the highest number of respondents in the history of NDSD.
Look for an analysis of the results in our next quarterly newsletter in January 2017.