Environments, Society and Mental Health: From Resilience to Innovation

Let the third day of the conference shake up your conference experience with its different format, all while concentrating on the conference theme Ahead by a century: the shape of things to come. The focus will be on how environments impact our mental health both today, in the near future, and beyond. You will be guided on an extraordinary exploration of the very spaces where we live and breathe, including our natural world, our cities and our social environments.
CMHA Quebec Division welcomes you for a day of dynamic presentations, conversations and immersive workshops by experts in diverse fields that affect our mental health and well-being. We will also share in the experiences and testimonies of resilience and innovation from Carolyn Baker and Samian, among others.


Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Baker
Carolyn Baker 

Carolyn Baker, Ph.D. is an author, former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history. Carolyn offers life and leadership coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Carolyn works closely with Andrew Harvey and other spiritual luminaries to live and promote Sacred Activism---the marriage of effecting change in the world with consciousness transformation. Her weekly podcast, the New Lifeboat Hour, can be accessed at her website where she may also be contacted at [email protected]. She lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado and manages her website www.carolynbaker.net.

Bibliography :

  • Dark Gold: The Human Shadow And The Global Crisis;
  • Love In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive;
  • Return To Joy and Savage Grace: Living Resiliently In The Dark Night Of The Globe (co-authored with Andrew Harvey);
  • Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times;
  • Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition;
  • Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path Of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.
Read More About the Forum's Theme

As a concept, “the environment” refers to many more things than just the natural ecosystem. It connects a variety of different worlds, including ecology, urbanism, politics, technology, economics and sociology. It calls up all of the elements that surround us, whether they are constructed by us, as humans, or by nature itself. That is why it is important to speak of environments, in the plural.

We live in an era of increasing awareness about the human impact on our environments, and the effect that environments have on our physical and mental health. We have perhaps become “over-informed” and “hyperconscious” about environmental crises, whether technological, ecological, urban, or sociological. This has provoked anxiety in us, but this consciousness can also generate a sense of empowerment that could help overcome feelings of powerlessness.

Environments are undeniably linked to our health and well-being, both individually and collectively.

By sharing ideas, knowledge and innovative practices, this symposium gives us an opportunity to revisit how we think about the links between environments and mental health. We hope to encourage reflection by presenting concrete initiatives that will help us rethink how we connect to these environments and how we can collectively take charge of our mental health.




Come think and re-think the following themes:
  • What are the impacts of our many environments on individual and collective well-being?
  • How do we transform our concerns into concerted action?
  • How can we adjust and even innovate to maintain our own mental health and those of the people around us, and those we help?
Come be re-energized and inspired by investigating:
  • How to innovate when we are hyperconscious and over-informed about current and possible environmental crises
  • How we can develop our own resilience to maintain and improve our mental health and that of those around us
  • What are the environments and social initiatives of tomorrow that could improve individual and collective well-being
  • Indigenous approaches to mental health and environments, which can offer hope and promise for change
  • Understand the powerful connections between mental health and environments
  • Develop strategies for resilience and maintaining mental health both in our personal and work lives
  • Transform our concerns into the kind of commitment and consciousness that allow us to take action
  • Get inspired and re-energized through initiatives and projects that have an impact on the well being of individuals and communities.
This day is for:
  • Anyone who is interested in the environment, mental health, social innovation, and who would like to experience an extraordinary day devoted to exploring these themes; themes that are crucial for our times and for this century.
  • Mental health professionals who would like to get some new professional and personal perspectives
  • Mental health workers who want to be open to new avenues for reflection that will inspire their work
  • Persons with lived experience