Call for Abstracts is Now Open! Submit by April 5, 2019!

You are invited to submit abstracts for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s fourth annual Mental Health For All (#MH4A) national conference, taking place September 23-25, 2019, in Toronto. This year’s theme is Connection Interrupted: Restoring Mental Health in a Fractured World. In 2018, we posed the question: what does a mentally healthy society look like? We held up a public-health lens to the issue and asked, could mental illness prevention and mental health promotion be the vaccines of the next century? We predicted the shape of things to come and looked upstream. Thinking upstream means taking a longer-term view of the society we want, and creating the social, physical, spiritual, cultural, economic and psychological conditions for people to enjoy good health. And yet, these are times of profound disconnection. In this increasingly technologically connected world, we are disconnected from the land, from family, from self, from community. Rather than reinventing our society, perhaps we need to reconnect with our roots and with each other.


Public Health’s Role in Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness Prevention

Humans are social creatures and need community to thrive. Taking a public-health approach to mental health means taking care of the community by investing, system wide, in the services that promote mental wellness throughout all the life stages, rather than taking a reactive approach that addresses mental illness only once it has become acute. It also means treating mental illness as seriously as physical illness. This stream invites submissions that examine effective approaches to health promotion and the prevention and management of mental illness. Click here to read more about this stream!

Embracing Diversity – Serving Diverse Communities

Lack of connection and understanding can lead to discrimination and inequalities based on race, income, gender, sexuality, disability and citizenship. This can impact one’s mental health and create barriers to accessing to mental health services. This stream explores how the mental health sector can better address the needs and leverage the strengths and opportunities of diverse groups. Click here to read more about this stream!

Working with Indigenous Peoples to Support Mental Health

Faced with a legacy of colonialism and systemic racism, many Indigenous peoples in Canada have experienced forced disconnection from their land and ancestry. This disconnection has produced significant health outcome disparities. While accessing mental health services is generally challenging, it is also particularly difficult for communities in more remote areas in the north and on reserve. This stream explores how the mental health sector can build respectful relationships based in reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Click here to read more about this stream!

Mentally Healthy Schools and Campuses

Childhood and young adulthood are critical stages for fostering healthy emotional development and for establishing a firm foundation for mental health and resilience. Schools and post-secondary institutions are on the front lines in supporting young people as they navigate life transitions, and can help establish connections among parents, educators, health professionals, and community organizations to promote child and youth wellness. Click here to read more about this stream!

Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness through a Scientific Lens

From the moment we are born, our brains seek connection, with our family, with our peers, with our community—and with who we are and where we come from. Connection is core to healthy brain development. This stream invites submissions from researchers, physicians and clinicians that explore the role of scientific research on the brain, genetics and other aspects of physiological development in mental health for both youth and adults. Click here to read more about this stream!

Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health

A lack of healthy and meaningful relationships in one’s life has been recognized as an important contributor to problematic substance use. For children, experiences of violence and neglect and exposure to adverse and traumatic events are associated with higher rates of substance use disorders in adulthood. However, substance use problems are far from individual experiences; they are also deeply embedded in larger social processes of violence and inequality, including colonialism and residential schooling, gender-based and racist violence and poverty and homelessness. Click here to read more about this stream!

Mental Health in the Workplace

Feeling connected to your work and your colleagues is key to building a healthy workplace as well as helping people achieve their potential and contribute to their community. Workplaces are sites that can actively support a healthy culture and mental wellness, but they can also be places that foster psychological distress or perpetuate the stigma of mental illness. This stream explores the need, opportunities and evidence for better pathways for promoting mental wellness in the workplace. Click here to read more about this stream!

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