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Posted on October 30, 2014 at 11:08 am


Singer Kathleen Edwards and figure skater Elizabeth Manley spark a conversation about depression on November 4

TORONTO (October 29, 2014) – Acclaimed singer and songwriter Kathleen Edwards and Olympic silver-medalist figure skater Elizabeth Manley will join 800 community leaders to spark a conversation about women’s mental health and depression at the fourth annual Women for Women’s luncheon on November 4, 2014 at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

With depression affecting as many as one in five women over their lifetime, women’s mental health is an issue that impacts all women as mothers, sisters, friends and daughters. In fact, women are twice as likely to experience depression and more likely to experience other mood and anxiety-related disorders than men.

Edwards will kick off the luncheon by sharing her personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Over lunch, medical expert and television host Dr. Marla Shapiro will moderate a panel including Manley; 98.1 CHFI’s popular morning show host Erin Davis; and psychiatrist and researcher at Women’s College Hospital Dr. Simone Vigod. They will discuss the challenges of dealing with depression as well as the innovative and groundbreaking work being done at Women’s College Hospital to help women struggling with mental health issues. The event will also feature special guest Dragon’s Den panelist and venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson.

The Women’s Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital is a one-of-a-kind program dedicated to women’s mental health that focuses on innovative health treatment, education and research. The program aims to maximize access to clinical services for women in need, educate providers to build capacity in the mental healthcare system for female-specific mental healthcare issues, and perform innovative high-impact research that will improve our understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of women with mental health issues and their families.

Within the Reproductive Life Stages Program, a mental health program for women with mood, anxiety and other mental health issues related to reproductive health, is the newly launched Rapid Consultation Service. This new service will provide a timely service to women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and are experiencing or at risk of depression or anxiety. The service will make every effort to see women within three to five business days of receiving a referral. This is just one of the many ways Women’s College Hospital is advancing the health of women by breaking down barriers to care and filling the gaps where patients are falling through the cracks in our health system.

Tickets for the Women for Women’s luncheon are on sale now for $195 and can be purchased at All proceeds support Women’s College Hospital as it advocates for the health of women and advances the future of healthcare for all.


Women’s College Hospital Foundation ( is dedicated to supporting WCH as it revolutionizes healthcare for women. Working together with patients, family members, staff, physicians, volunteers, community members and corporations, we raise, manage and invest funds to support the Hospital’s current and future priority needs. Our donors contribute generously to help build our new hospital, advance research and support innovative programs that address the unique needs of women and their families.

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Andrea McLoughlin
Holmes PR