I have really great news to share with you, my dear readers and followers. Something made possible by you.
I’ve been invited to attend the Global Crisis of Depression Summit offered by the Economist at Kings Place in London on November 25, 2014. It’s an invitation-only event with notable speakers like Kofi A Annan, former Secretary General U.N., Sue Baker, director of Time to Change, and Alastair Campbell, former press secretary for British PM Tony Blair. I’ve been asked to attend because of my dedication to raising awareness of depression. A dedication that’s been spurred along by you, my readers!
At the heart of the Depression Summit is you, a person with lived experience. Without your experience and input, the summit would be an academic exercise between researchers, drug companies and politicians. So the one-day forum is taking a multi-faceted approach to depression. It brings together policymakers, healthcare providers, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, employers and patient groups for a day of debate and discussion. It’s a chance to express opinions both moderate and extreme from all sides, hear about innovations and research, blend ideas, and hopefully get everyone on the same page.
The summit won’t stop at the individual level. There’ll be discussion about the different approaches nations can take when it comes to dealing with depression. We know, for example, that Canada is behind the UK when it comes to including people with lived experience on research teams. Hopefully a more unified world approach will come out of the meeting.
I like that #depressionsummit includes people with lived experience. It gives people like me a chance to tell researchers, politicians, and pharmaceutical companies what works and what’s a miss when it comes to depression. Often people with lived experience are left out of discussions for reasons that really don’t make sense. That’s another reason why this Depression Summit is awesome. It’s inclusive of everyone!
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Terezia Farkas. International Bestselling Author, Huffington Post/ CNN contributor, columnist of Depression Help. Focus is mental health. Her bestseller Heart of Love Evolution – Surviving Depression is available on Amazon. Website: www.tereziafarkas.com Follow on Twitter.