Invitation to Participate in a Community Conversation about Mental Health

Are you 18 years or older and interested in mental health?

We are seeking English-speaking adults to participate in a community conversation about perceptions and attitudes about psychiatric neurosurgery, that is, new and older surgical approaches to treating psychiatric illness. This is part of a research study supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health in Research and the ERAnet NEURON consortium.

During the first part of the community conversation, the team – researchers and doctors – will present an overview on the topic and answer questions from participants. After that, the research team will present some initial questions to start the conversation. The total time for participation will be about 2 hours.

Refreshments will be provided and
you will receive a $25 gift card for participating.

Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1

Monday, November 20th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 21st, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

The results of this research will bring awareness about the hopes, concerns and expectations about strategies to promote mental health towards better care of patients.

To participate in or learn more about this study, please contact:
Hayami Lou
, National Core for Neuroethics, UBC, or 604-827-3630

In order to determine whether you are eligible to take part in the study, please complete the following online screening survey ( or call for a telephone screening survey at 604-827-3630.

Study Investigators:
Principal Investigator: Judy Illes, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Co-Investigator: Laura Y. Cabrera, PhD, Assistant Professor Neuroethics, Michigan State University, and Affiliate Faculty National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia
Study contact and lead for informed consent process: Hayami Lou, Research Assistant, National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

What is psychiatric neurosurgery?
Psychiatric neurosurgery uses a surgical approach to try to treat mental health disorders in people who have not benefitted from other treatments such as behavior or drug therapy. Some methods use electrical signals to stimulate the brain; others use procedures to remove small amounts of brain tissue. In the 1970s, the use of psychiatric neurosurgery was stopped nearly completely because of complications and public concerns about abuses. Today, thanks to advances in medicine, the procedures are much safer and more precise than before.