Shine the Light on Substance Use Disorders

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Join SAMH for another fascinating #ShineTheLight panel this Thursday, March 10th!

This time, we will be focusing on substance use disorders. Joining us, we have several professionals, as well as fellow students with lived experience:

- Dr. Kim Hellemans (Instructor and current Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University)

Dr. Hellemans will deliver a short presentation on the effects of marijuana on the brain and susceptibility to mental health disorders.
- Dr, John Weekes (Adjunct Research Professor of Forensic Psychology and Addictions, Carleton University)

John’s talk will provide a brief overview of contemporary approaches for the assessment and treatment of substance misuse that are effective in helping clients reduce the harms associated with the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs.
- Berak Hussain (International Student Counsellor, Health & Counselling Services, Carleton University)

Berak will speak about the various challenges international students from different backgrounds face with regards to cultural, religious, and social differences around substance use.
- Sylvie Lahaie (Student with lived experience)

Sylvie’s presentation is about her journey as an addict, but more importantly her journey into recovery!
- Charissa Feres (Student with lived experience)

Charissa will be speaking on her experiences with drug abuse and the different factors that have contributed to her use, including mental illness, adoption, family separation, and gender identity issues. 

Stay tuned this week for full bios on each of our speakers!

7:10-7:40 - Speakers part 1
7:40-7:45 - Intermission (light refreshments provided)
7:45-8:30 - Speakers part 2
8:30-9:00 - All speakers panel discussion/question period

This event will be live-tweeted from the @samhcarleton Twitter account, using #SUwithSAMH
This is a free event that is open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. There will be peer support workers available. Please help us make this a scent-free environment. 

The location of this event will be wheelchair accessible. Please see this link for further accessibility notes on this building: 

The closest gender neutral washroom is in 426 UC. Please see this link for a full list of gender neutral washrooms: 

If you require other accommodations in order to access this event, please contact us at and we will do our best to provide them. 
SAMH recognizes and acknowledges that all events, activities and meetings we organize are on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.