Teaching Abroad - Resilience and Support
Amanda Jean, Gonzaga University Student
Moving abroad to teach is becoming a greater enticement to teachers. However, a lack of training and support prior to the transition to a new country, as well as little on-going help, could be a great cause for concern. With limited resources, personnel in international settings are forced to use other means to help their employees. Teachers, let’s discuss how we can thrive in these environments.
- To identifying the signs of burnout and stress
- To learn the variety of support and tools that are available within schools locally and internationally
- To develop an awareness of the many struggles of international living
A Collective Approach: Student-Led Wellness Initiatives at UofT Medical School
Anna Chen, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine: Student Health Initiatives and Education (SHINE), ArtBeat, and Resilience Curriculum
Student-led wellness initiatives aim to connect students by reducing the stigma of mental health and creating safe spaces for candid conversations. Our presentation describes an exciting partnership between three student-led wellness groups at UofT Medicine: Student Health Initiatives and Education (SHINE), ArtBeat, and Resilience Curriculum Coordinators.
- To provide an overview of the partnership and collaboration between three student-led wellness initiatives at UofT Medicine
- To describe the role of student-led initiatives in promoting wellness, resilience, and mental health among medical trainees
Ryerson's Thriving in Action: From There to Here to Next
Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer, Ryerson University, Student Affairs
We share the story of Ryerson Student Affairs’ Thriving in Action resilience intervention. Learn about our equity focus, care-based approach, and innovative curriculum entwining Positive Psychology and holistic learning strategies. Thriving in Action is genuinely helping students bounce back, persist, feel connected, find purpose, and ultimately thrive!
To learn about our compelling pre- and post-research on student agency, our Thriving in Action Training Institutes and growing community, the arts-based mentorship and peer support TiA initiatives, and the soon to be launched Thriving in Action Online project.
Dynamics of Approach, and Health Benefits of Spontaneous Engagement
Joseph Richard Crant, Ucolat Mental Health Research
Approach and spontaneous engagement are what all of life is about, in this presentation, we cover relationships, living and interacting within the public in ways that reduce and or eliminate overstress. Presentation based on new research published in January 2019, International Journal of e-Health Information Systems by Infonomics Society.
- To gain a newer understanding of approach, and to lessen anxiety.
- To recognize mental – physical health benefits of spontaneous engagement, and to learn something new about the self.
- To recognize and to identify positive qualities, traits, and characteristics in one’s self
- To learn Dynamics of Resolve
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo
Julie Gamble, Wendy Biu, Amanda Pfaff, and Sherrie Steinberg, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier have partnered with Grand River Hospital to facilitate coordination of follow up appointments for students who have presented to the hospital through the Emergency Department including lessons learned and benefits of warm transfer between campus and hospital to decrease emergency room stays for students and assist with consent of information sharing.
- To learn ways to initiate conversations with hospitals and other supports
- To raise awareness of the gaps between campus and community services
The JCSH Youth Engagement Toolkit Enhances Inclusion through Youth Voice
Katherine Kelly, Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health
The JCSH Youth Engagement Toolkit brings Youth Voice and Inclusion into School Communities. Youth who feel engaged and connected are healthier and have higher levels of achievement.
- To recognize youth engagement as a culture and practice that can enhance comprehensive school health
- To define what is meant by youth engagement and the difference between participation and engagement
- To explore the best practices in initiating, sustaining, and implementing youth engagement
JCSH Positive Mental Health Toolkit - A Pathway to Self-Determination
Katherine Kelly, Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health
The Positive Mental Health Toolkit developed by the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) presents a whole of school approach to individual wellness and healthy relationships within the school environment. The toolkit frames student and staff connectedness, autonomy support, and competency within a comprehensive school approach, applying evidence-based research and theory in practical and useful formats.
Novel Solutions to Co-creating Mental Health in Post-secondary Education
Kiana Habibaghi and William Ju, University of Toronto
Our presentation will detail the best practices for students and teaching faculty to co-create a safe, mental health centered classroom at the post-secondary level without loss of academic rigour.
- To learn how to plan and implement best practices within the classroom setting and to identify potential barriers to these best practices
- To learn information on how to deploy various assessments of mental wellness before, during and after a course will also be discussed.
Factors Associated with Stress Impacting Academic Success among Post-secondary Students
Konrad Lisnyj, University of Guelph
This work presents the findings of a scoping review and statistical analyses to identify and measure the factors associated with perceived stress impacting academic outcomes among students. Wellness interventions should integrate a proactive approach that diminish risk factors and promote protective factors to alleviate academic stress in students.
- To better understand critical risk and protective factors of academic stress in university-aged adults.
- To learn how to apply their newfound knowledge on strategies that promote and build intrapersonal and interpersonal resilience in post-secondary students within a mental health context.
Integrating BounceBack® in BC Secondary Schools: Pilot Project
Kristy Allen and Anne-Laure Combot, Canadian Mental Health Association- BC Division
The CMHA-BC BounceBack® team partnered with BC secondary school counsellors and youth across the province to launch a pilot where school counsellors could directly refer students to the program. This poster will explore the participatory approaches we used to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale-up the initiative.
- To explore best practices for participatory approaches in program development, including the process of building relationships with key stakeholders and methods to engage youth in the decision-making process
- To explore the barriers and facilitators of integrating the BounceBack® referral pathway in BC secondary school settings
Pharmacists Beyond the Pharmacy
Kyro Maseh, Bingham Pharmasave
How do you engage over 100 students for an hour on mental health? How do you get them to open up about their beliefs on addiction? Kyro Maseh discusses how one community Pharmacist started an initiative to bring his message of awareness to young people across the GTA.
- To describe how Pharmacists can and are making active strides to enhance the lives of members of the public beyond the walls of the pharmacy
- To describe best practices in school engagement and identify barriers that can limit communication to children and young adults
Innovative DBT for University-aged Youth: Combining Clinical & Peer Support
Miriam Mc Laughlin, Stella's Place
Stella’s Place has adapted a DBT program for young adults using a short term model, bringing both clinical approaches and first hand experience of peer supporters who have practiced applying these skills to their life. This presentation will offer an example of how to integrate peer support into clinical models of mental health interventions to increase resiliency and coping.
- To understand how peer support can be integrated into evidence-based mental health programs to increase engagement and understanding of the skills
- To understand of how to adapt an evidence-based program into a short term program for university-aged young adults.
- To gain ideas for improving or building peer support into current programming
Assessing Systemic Barriers to Youth Mental Health in Post Secondary
Pratik Nair, Jack.org
This presentation will share learnings from the Campus Assessment Tool (CAT) pilot. The CAT is a public health research tool, co-developed with young people, to assess the strengths, gaps, and challenges of mental health systems in campus communities across Canada.
- To learn about youth engagement processes for mental health systems-level research
- To learn about results of a novel community reflection pilot study
Building Mental Health and Holistic Wellness On-Campus: Everyone's Responsibility
Rosemary Vito and Hailley White, King's University College
This poster will focus on building meaningful connections and collective resilience with post-secondary students, staff, and faculty at King’s University College in London, Ontario. The campus mental health and wellness plan, three-tiered framework, core values, practice examples, and recent results from a campus-wide wellness audit will be highlighted.
- To share the mental health and wellness plan and framework and build collective resilience across campuses
- To provide practice examples of mental health promotion and wellness on three intervention levels
- To engage participants in creative and meaningful discussion about implementing these strategies in their campuses and communities
Student Access Barriers to On-Campus Peer-Support
Shealyn S. May, University of Waterloo
The presentation will share information on student service seeking, their knowledge of peer-support programming on-campus, and barriers in accessing these services. Potential approaches to addressing these barriers will be discussed, in addition to future directions.
- To share knowledge regarding the real and perceived access barriers to on-campus, peer-support services and potential approaches to addressing these barriers.
- To call for greater research into peer-support programming on-campus, barriers to these services, and adherence to peer-support programming in student populations.
Building Emotionally Healthy Children in Schools
Suzi Spelic, Nick's Journey
An evidence based presentation on the need for teaching Emotional Intelligence, Through Self Acceptance and Awareness in the Early Years with a curriculum based program and resources. Including an introduction to our program Because I Am Me.
- To provide education regarding the evidence based need to help children become emotionally healthy, starting in the early years.
- To introduce a curriculum based program and resources, that educators, community groups, etc. can use.
- To bring awareness to what Nick’s Journey is doing for Childhood Mental Illness/Health
Post-Secondary International Students' Mental Health: A Scan of Current Practices
Tara Faghani Hamadani, Humaira Nakhuda, and Arbella Yonadam, University of Toronto
This poster presentation will explore the current mental health responses and services available for international students at post-secondary institutions in Canada. Additionally, promising practices and responses that address the unique needs of international students will be featured in the presentation.
Delegates will gain:
- a comprehensive overview of the current mental health responses for international students at post-secondary institutions across Canada
- an understanding of existing gaps in academic services and organizational policies will be reviewed, with promising practices identified and examined
- an understanding of the unique experiences of international students will be examined and highlighted