Globally known addictions expert to speak as part of RDC’s Perspectives series

Dr. Gabor Maté will discuss links between stress and mental health on March 20

Addictions and trauma expert Dr. Gabor Maté will speak at Red Deer College about how feelings of dislocation in life can lead to mental health problems.

Maté is an internationally renowned Hungarian-born Canadian physician who specializes in neurology, psychiatry and psychology, as well as the study and treatment of addiction. He’s also the best-selling author of four books that were published in 20 languages, including When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.

Maté will present his lecture “From Fort McMurray, and Syria to Red Deer: Trauma, Dislocation and Addiction in a Stressed Culture” when he speaks on Monday, March 20 at the RDC Arts Centre. The talk, part of Red Deer College’s Perspectives: Canada in the World series, will explore how to recognize the root of various problems and how to develop a compassionate approach towards ourselves and others.

Maté is globally known for his work on mind/body unity in health and illness, attention deficit disorder and other childhood development issues, and also for his break-though analysis of addiction as a psycho-physiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss.

He is a professor in the criminology faculty at Simon Fraser University, who plans to publish his next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism in 2018. Maté holds an honorary Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards.

Tickets to his 7 p.m. lecture are available from

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