“Injured but not down, disabled but capable”

With term paper due dates right around the corner and exam season immediately after, the ninth annual Massey Grand Rounds (MGR) symposium last week brought to our attention a topic that is currently extremely relevant to all our lives: stress.

Titled “The Science of Stress,” this year’s conference aimed to specifically highlight the scientific basis for, and approach to, stress and anxiety. In addition, talks also included discussions on how to minimize the stigma associated with mental health problems, as well as the state of anxiety within the U of T student body.

The symposium opened with a keynote address from retired Lieutenant General, senator, and author of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Roméo Dallaire. He discussed his own experience of living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the witness of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Dallaire’s lecture was also available for livestream through the Munk School of Global Affairs website.

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