Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression

Organized by:
Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression

Participating Organizations:

Ontario Brain Institute (OBI); WE Global Learning Centre; St. Michael’s Hospital, Centre for Depression and Suicide Studies; Hope + Me; Foster Lab; WE Wellbeing; Stella’s Place; Family Navigation Project; Distress Centres for Greater Toronto; Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Family and Friends Day - Workshops
  • Other: Exhibits and Presentation Talks

Target Audiences:

  • Other
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students
  • Other: Study participants
  • Other: the wider community

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This year, CAN-BIND partnered with multiple stakeholder organizations and shared research updates and resource tools, and hosted hands-on wellness workshops to appreciate and empower event attendees. Inspired by Brain Awareness Week (March 11–17, 2019) this year’s event theme highlighted different aspects of brain health and discussed changes that can lead to improvements in depression care and treatment. The event hosted: – 108Attendees – 2 wellness workshops (45 minutes) – 11 speakers (9 clinician, 2 lived experience) – 10 information booths (18 booth representatives) -5 CAN-BIND Community Advisory Committee members – 3 raffle draws (included framed watercolour brain art print, two copies of “The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection” by Scott C. Anderson, John F. Cryan, Ted Dinan and OBI giveaways) – Over 100 CHOICE-D Patient and Family Guide to Depression Treatment were distributed 92% of attendees rated the overall event as “Excellent” or “Very Good” and 95% of attendees of attendees answered “Yes, definitely” or “Yes, I think so” to “Do you think the event increased your knowledge about depression?” Lastly, 100% of feedback completer’s shared that they would attend another event like this.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Newsletter as subscribers are invested in our overall programming. Social media through supportive distribution through internal and organizational networks.


Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Increased awareness of evidence-informed research and resources in the context of brain health and wellness. Family and Friends Day is an integral part facilitating knowledge transfer between researchers, persons with lived experience and the community.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Pre-event wellness workshops if executed well, can provide a positive and energy boosting start to an information heavy event. Provide slide printouts to help attendees follow presentations and to have to take home (consider printing 20-30% of attendees number handouts. Consider providing the rest online.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Anum Shivji Arwani

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