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How Ryerson researchers are advancing knowledge about mental health

Janice Kuo

New issue of Ryerson University Magazine profiles Ryerson researchers who are advancing knowledge of mental health issues. Psychology professor Janice Kuo hopes to generate new insights on borderline personality disorder and is also studying dialectical behaviour therapy.

As 2012 kicks off and students, faculty and staff make resolutions to better themselves, Ryerson experts have some advice about maintaining mental health and well-being in the latest edition of Ryerson University Magazine which comes out this month.

Dr. Su-Ting Teo, director of student health and wellness, reminds readers that getting enough sleep, being physically active, and engaging with friends and family members will help maintain mental fitness. Psychology professor Janice Kuo touts the value of expressing emotions at the appropriate time and place and Martin Antony, chair of psychology advises we face our fears.

The expert tips are part of the magazine’s cover story titled Mad World which explores how researchers are advancing knowledge about mental health. With one in five Canadians dealing with some form of mental health challenge in the course of their lives, research and learning about causes, treatment and prevention are increasingly important to society.

For example, the Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research, in the psychology department, is bringing together expertise to investigate stress from all angles – in the body, within different populations and through the lifespan – all to maximize the positive implications of stress and minimize its negative consequences.

The story also features Ryerson’s Research Chair in Urban Health Elizabeth McCay of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing who is currently completing a countrywide study on the effectiveness of dialectical behaviour therapy among street youth.

This edition of Ryerson University Magazine also outlines the exciting capital projects underway at the university, including the recently named Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre at the Gardens and the planned Student Learning Centre, Ryerson's bold presence on Yonge Street. Another feature story tells how the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) makes a valuable contribution to the growing field of knowledge in sustainability.

The magazine has been mailed to alumni this week and is available online. Readers can also access it via iPhone. It is published twice a year, and an e-newsletter is distributed to alumni four times annually.

If you're a Ryerson graduate but don't receive Ryerson University Magazine or the @lumni enewsletter, go to www.ryerson.ca/alumni/stay-in-touch/updateinfo/webform.html to update your contact information or call 1-866-428-8881.

Please let us know what you think by sending an email to ryemag@ryerson.ca. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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