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McMaster launches accessible mental health information resource

September 24, 2003

McMaster University is launching a new website that provides down-to-earth, accessible information on mental health and psychiatric disorders at www.psychdirect.com.

With one in four people being affected by mental health problems, the need for accurate information in the community is a pressing one. The PsychDirect site filters professional calibre information from faculty at McMaster into understandable and relevant content.

"We believe that everyone has the right to as much information as they need to enable them to be collaborative partners in their own health care as well as that of their loved ones," said Gail Stoness, Program Manager of PsychDirect.

The website grew from a successful telephone service and aims to encourage early detection and treatment of mental disorders. Another goal of PsychDirect is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health issues.

The site features a wide range of topics, from common problems such as anxiety disorders and depression to more rare issues such as clinical criminology. Users can also select the depth of information they want to pursue, be it a simple overview or a professional journal article.

"The public can benefit from credible, evidence-based information in several formats," explained Stoness.

The information comes from mental health professionals from several disciplines, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and mental health lawyers.

One of McMaster's mood disorders experts who has contributed to the site, Dr. Gary Hasey of the Mood Disorders program, will be featured on the CTV W-FIVE documentary Depression: Fighting the Dragon on Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

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