September 18, 2017
3:30 pm to 4:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
HEADSTRONG: Empowering Youth to Fight Stigma in All Regions of Canada
About the Session:
HEADSTRONG is the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) evidence-informed national youth anti-stigma initiative. Regional HEADSTRONG summits are held in communities across Canada where ALL Canadian students become inspired to lead anti-stigma health and wellness activities in their schools. In 2014, the HEADSTRONG program was rolled out and evaluated in more than 19 regions across the country. In 2015, over 400 schools and 4000 students participated, with a potential reach of about 200,000 youth. Since then, the model has grown to embrace First Nations students and all marginalized students. Program evaluations show it is indeed effective at reducing stigma, and that high fidelity to the program is correlated with more positive attitudinal outcomes.
Bob Heeney is the National Coordinator for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HEADSTRONG Project. He has delivered more than 50 Youth anti-stigma summits across Canada. Previously he was chair of the Durham T.A.M.I. Coalition, which received the 2012 Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Partnership Award, as well as the Minister’s Award for Innovation in Health Promotion.
Tracy R. Johnson: Team Lead, Mental Health Education: Tracy Johnson brings lived experience and a social justice lens to her work in mental health education. She supports learners to improve their mental health literacy and address stigma. She is sought after as a conference presenter because of her knowledge and experience. She is the recipient of the 2016 Professional Care Award from CMHA-Alberta for her work on “Creating a Compassionate Classroom”.
Beyond Policies and Programs: Shifting Mental Health and Well-Being Culture Across K-12 and Post Secondary
About the Session:
This presentation will make the case for bridging the gap in mental health and well-being between K-12 and post-secondary sectors. It will identify similarities and differences between the sectors, offer opportunities for shared learning, and review efforts in British Columbia to implement systemic change.
Tanya Miller is the Provincial Coordinator for Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses, a province-wide Community of Practice with the common goal of promoting campus mental health and healthier relationships with substances, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, in partnership with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC.
As a former secondary school teacher who grew up on northern Vancouver Island, Mali Bain understands first-hand the challenges and opportunities schools face in advancing integrated approaches to well-being in schools. Mali’s role at Well Ahead is to work alongside provincial associations and organizations to lead its implementation and operations in BC.