September 20, 2017
2:45 pm to 3:45 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Engaging Male Students in Promoting Positive Mental Health on Campus
About the Session:
This presentation reports on a study carried out at Queen’s University as part of a larger project funded through Movember Canada. The study examined the impact of socially constructed masculine ideals the cultural mediating factors that shape the perspectives, beliefs, and actions of first-year males with respect to alcohol and mental health. A major finding of this work is the potential for mobilizing male students to take ownership over and address the gender constructions that negatively affect their health. This presentation will: a) give an overview of the Caring Campus Project, b) draw on the findings of the ethnographic study to examine how concepts of gender impact and escalate alcohol misuse, risky behaviour, and mental ill-health for male students, and c) explore the benefits of adopting a gender-transformative health promotion lens to work with students to transform gender constructs and improve health and wellness on post-secondary campuses.
Dr. Salinda Horgan is an adjunct professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy & Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University. Dr. Horgan’s research focuses on multilateral partnerships between health and community sectors to enable innovation in healthcare promotion for individuals who experience mental health issues.
#MyDefinition: Changing the Face of Postsecondary Student Mental Health
About the Session:
#MyDefinition started with a story: my story. I was a student living with mental health issues on a university campus, and I was furious at the way that mental health issues were represented in the media — that we were dangerous, scary, dysfunctional, “other”. So I created a poster campaign to show that people with mental health issues are people, first and foremost. The presentation talks about the conception of #MyDefinition, its growth, lessons learned along the way, and the importance of changing the way we think about postsecondary student mental health.
Lee Thomas is a speaker, writer, and activist currently living in Fredericton, New Brunswick. As a non-binary person living with bipolar disorder and recovered from an eating disorder, Lee’s passion is educating youth and adults about mental health and LGBTQ issues.
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Torture, War and Political Oppression in Supporting Transitions to Higher Education
About the Session:
Refugees who have survived war, political oppression, or torture, experience lasting impact on learning, success in education, and subsequent community integration. A CBPR brings together George Brown College, the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), Wellesley Institute and the CAMH to develop innovative education programming that has been piloted with two cohorts of students who are refugees. The presentation will focus specifically on survivors’ mental health needs and desired supports in accessing higher education.
Dr. Jaswant Kaur Bajwa is a Professor and Research Coordinator at George Brown College. In her work as an academician, clinician, anti-violence advocate, and community researcher, she uses an intersectional lens to work with people with histories of violence, marginalized as a result of mental health issues and other systemic barriers.
Dr. Sean Kidd is a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. The focus of Dr. Kidd’s career has been upon marginality and service enhancement.