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”.