A poster presentation is a type of presentation where the information about a project or a program (in either research or professional fields) is presented in a clear and concise manner on a printed paper poster.

Poster presentations at the Mental Health for All Conference 2018 will be pinned up on large boards in a designated room for the first two days of the conference. Delegates will be able to visit the posters during their breaks and spare time, as well as during the Poster Session being held on the second day of the conference (October 23rd) from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. During the Poster Session, poster presenters will stand by their posters to present the information to delegates and answer questions about their project/program.

Information for poster presenters: 

If you are presenting a poster at the Mental Health for All Conference 2018,  your poster should be no more than 4 feet width and 4 feet length. The layout can be vertical or horizontal.

If you are unsure about what a poster presentation looks like or how to create one, here are a couple of good sources of information to get you started: Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation and Creating a Poster. Here is also a great video tutorial on making an effective poster. Note: while most of the online poster presentation guides are geared to the scientific community, the key elements and concepts to creating a poster presentation remain the same for professional posters.

Poster presentations are listed below according to the stream it corresponds to. Click on a specific stream to read more about related posters. To learn more about each stream, please visit the About the Conference page.

Poster Competition

This year, CMHA is holding a Poster Competition during its Mental Health for All (MH4A) Conference. Participation in the Poster Competition is voluntary. Posters will be evaluated by a panel of mental health experts (both academic and front-line) as well as persons with lived experience.

For more information about the Poster Competition, please see our Guidelines and Criteria. 

Note:This poster competition is only available for those who have been accepted to present a poster at the 2018 Mental Health for All Conference.We are no longer accepting submissions for poster presentations at the 2018 MH4A conference.


Poster presentations are listed below according to the stream it corresponds to. Click on a specific stream to read more about related posters. To learn more about each stream, please visit the About the Conference page.


Public Health's Role in Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention

Posters in English:

An Evaluation of a Diversion Support Program for Frequent Users of the Emergency Department | Alexia Polillo, University of Ottawa

Mobile Phone Based Peer Support for the Prevention of Postpartum Depression Among Adolescent Mothers: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial | Barbara Chyzzy, University of Toronto 

Social Support and Distress in Canadian Adults with Bipolar Disorder | Christie Warren and Ken Fowler, Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Providing Families with Knowledge/Tools for Intervention in Suicide Prevention | Esther Inglis 

Navigating Mental Health Care in a Changing Climate | Katie Hayes and Dr. Blake Poland, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Self Stigma - A Real Barrier to Recovery and How Involving Service Users is Vital | Marie Duffy 

Promoting Connections and Integration through Leisure Awareness and Volunteer Education | Marnie Lucas, Get Set & Connect Program - CMHA Vancouver/Fraser 

Predictors of Vocational Success in Early Psychosis | Meighen Roes, University of British Columbia 

Innovative and Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Intersectoral Collaboration | Dr. Rosemary Vito, King's University College School of Social Work

Viability of Creative Mental Flexibility Sessions for Individuals Experiencing Psychological Distress | Sally Safadi, Neurons Away and Upstate Medical Hospital 

Bringing the Body into Treatment: Integrating Yoga within Health Services | Sarah Cochrane and Katelyn Merritt - Providence Health Care 

Association Between Mental Disorders and its Variability among Canadian Population | Shamim Ahmed, University of Toronto; Mohammad H. Pulok, University of Technology Sydney; Nusrat Khan, University of Nottingham; and Sharmin Majumder; Bangkok Hospital

Family and Carers: Active Partners in Youth Mental Health Care | Yvonne Pelling, Mary Anne Levasseur, and Chantelle Mireault, ACCESS Open Minds, Douglas Hospital Research Centre 


Posters in French:

Supporter les intervenants communautaires : collaborer en première pour dépister tôt et supporter les plus vulnérables | Natacha Condo et Stéphanie Fournier, CISSS de Lanaudière

Enjeux et défis d’une psychothérapie «communautaire » : l’expérience du Service de psychothérapie au Centre St-Pierre | Paulina M. Espinosa et Nicole Joron, Centre St-Pierre

Le modèle des « 4 piliers »: intégrer la responsabilisation à la réadaptation | Tin Ngo-Minh, CISSS Outaouais - Pierre-Janet

Embracing Diversity - Serving Diverse Populations

Posters in English:

Addressing the Housing Needs of Vulnerable Women | Amy Van Berkum and Abe Oudshoorn, Western University; and Jennifer Vale, CMHA Middlesex

Mental Health On-The-Go: An Exploration of Outreach, Counselling, and Crisis Support for Homeless and Underhoused Populations in a Mobile Service Setting | Andrea W. Westbrook, MSW, RSW and Jenna Davies, BSW, Sherbourne Health Centre

Getting What You Need: Responding to Ontario’s Evidence Priority Agenda | Angela Yip and Alexandra Harrison, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Enjoy Your Baby: Group-based CBT Skills Course for New Mothers | Anne-Laure Combot, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

Lessons from Homeless Youth’s Perceptions of Mental Health Services | Camille Arbaud, Université de Montréal

Home Takeovers of Vulnerable Tenants: When Home is not a Safe Place | Corry Comeau, Ottawa Carleton Association for People with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPPD)

Staff-informed Strategies to Achieve Practice-based Competencies in the Community Mental Health Court Setting: A Pilot Project | Dania Versailles, CMHA- Ottawa branch

Predictors of Child Therapeutic Mindfulness Experiences in Children with Autism | Flora Roudbarani, York University

Enhancing the Mental Health of Young South Asian Women (YSAW) | Dr. Gursharan Virdee, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Identifying Further Needs for Older Adult Programming from the Perspectives of Front Line Staff | Lana Cullis, Kelsey Haveman and Christina Beeching, CMHA Vancouver Fraser Branch

Involving Diverse Stakeholders on Hiring Panels: Transforming Mental Healthcare | Jimmy Tan and Chantelle Mireault, ACCESS Open Minds

Futures Forward, a Collaborative Approach to Working with Youth from Manitoba’s Child and Family Services System | John Finkbeiner and Terra Johnston, CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg

Transforming Rural Mental Health through Knowledge Exchange | Liz Wigfull and David Grauwiler, MHCC and CMHA Alberta

Accessing Services for Depression- The South Asian (SA) Punjabi Community's Experience | Maneet Chahal, McMaster University

Thinking Boldly: Using a Think Tank Methodology to Implement a Strategy for Children’s Mental Health in Pediatric Rehabilitation | Nancy Searl, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

A Partnership for Mental Health - A One Health Approach | Nikki Swenson-Hewitt and Dr. Susan Kilborn, CMHA Ottawa Branch

Creating Space: Towards Inclusion of Gender and Sexually Diverse Populations at CMHA Ottawa | Sam Kabbara, CMHA Ottawa

Breaking Bad: Partnering to Remove Barriers to Mental Health Services in Prisons | Tanya Connors, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Posters in French:

Organismes en santé mentale : Richesse alternative et communautaire dévoilée | Alice Charasse et Aurélie Broussouloux, RACOR en santé mentale de l'Île de Montréal 

La réinsertion à la société civile,partenariat avec l'éducation aux adultes | Christian G Dubois, Centre Bienvenue 

Un modèle d’hébergement digne d'être reconnu | Corina Pal et Marika Rein, Les toits d'Émile 

L'approche narrative et accompagenemt de la malaide d'Alzheimer | Élisabeth Rhéaume 

En un clic, des spécialistes en counseling disponible selon vos besoins | Erica Vienneau, EROS-Emotions Reactions Options Solutions Inc. 

Qualité des services en santé mentale pour les patients utilisateurs des urgences au Québec | Marylin Fortin, Louis Rochette, Christophe Huynh, Helen-Maria Vasiliadis, Alain Lesage, Eric Pelletier, et Marie-Josée Fleury,  Département de Psychiatrie, Université McGill ; Institut Universitaire en santé mentale Douglas 

Development and implementation processes of MONBUZZ.ca | Mathieu Goyette, Jorge Flores-Aranda, Valérie Aubut, Université de Sherbrooke 

L’offre de soutien psychologique aux personnes en situation de désaffiliation | Mylène Demarbre et Catherine Éthier, Médecins du Monde

Programme Santé globale un tremplin vers mon mieux-être : pour un complément thérapeutique de premier choix | Nathalie Coulombe, Annick Simard, Tjerk Bartlema, Martin Nolet, et Melanie Pelletier, CIUSSSCN 

Un partenariat pour gagner le défi de loger les jeunes sans-abri avec une psychose débutante | Nicolas Girard, Dr Amal Abdel Baki, et Marie-Maud Audette-Sylvestre, Clinique des jeunes adultes psychotique du CHUM et la Maison St-Dominique 

Working with Indigenous Peoples to Support Mental Health

Posters in English:

Culturally Competent HIV Mental Health Services for Indigenous Peoples | Sean Hillier, Ryerson University; Lindsay Kretschmer, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy; Trevor Stratton, 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations; and Lynn Lavallée, University of Manitoba

Building Partnerships Beyond Geographical Boundaries to Support Mental Health | Kim Height and Carolynne Oakes, CMHA Champlain East

At the Cultural Interface: Indigenous Knowledge and Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) | Sherdia Crane, CMHA Vernon & District Branch

Mentally Healthy Schools and Campuses

Posters in English:

Fostering Mental Wellness at the University of Toronto -Lessons Learned | Ain Kim, Alice Kim, Monica Emili-Garcia-Segura, Alessia Fischbacher, William Ju, and Allison Choi, University of Toronto

Rise and SHINE! Building Resiliency/Wellness at UofT Medical School | Allison J. Chen, Jimmy Tan, Austin A. Lam, and Shayna Kulman-Lipsey

YES! Pilot Study In At-Risk Youth | Aman Chauhan, London Health Sciences Centre; and Fatima Bukair, University of Western Ontario

Developing Mental Health Literacy in Schools- A Provincial Case Study | Andrew Baxter MSW RSW and Yifeng Wei PhD., Alberta Health Services

Shifting the Culture of Schools through Social & Emotional Learning | Brandi Bell, Kate Tilleczek, and Pamela Magee, Young Lives Research Lab, University of Prince Edward Island

Exploring Student Wellness on a Small Canadian University Campus | Brent Bradford and Barbara van Ingen, Concordia University of Edmonton

Mental Health and Support Utilization Profiles of Undergraduate International Students | Chris Barron, University of Toronto: Ontario Institute of Studies in Education

Mental Health Initiatives in Academic Integrity: Pivot Points towards Change | Deborah Robinson, Thomas Mackay, Dana Patterson, and William Ju, University of Toronto

Self-Regulation Tools for Learning | Erin Tuli, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Relations Between Peer Victimization, Internalizing Symptoms and Sleep Among Adolescents | Kirsten Quistberg and Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, University of Victoria

Bullying and Peer Victimization: Effect on Suicidal Risk in Adolescence | Marie-C. Geoffroy and Johanne Renaud, McGill University

Supporting Social Emotional Learning through Physical Activity in Schools | Megan McCormick, Ever Active Schools

The Impact of Schizophrenia on Identity in Young Adults | Nena Y. Wang and Robert G. Ley, Simon Fraser University

Mental Health Promotion and Prevention in a Post-Secondary Setting | Dr. Rosemary Vito, King's University College at Western University, School of Social Work; and Lori Hassall, CMHA Middlesex

Transitioning to University: Gender Differences in Perfectionism’s Influence on Mental Health | Shelby Levine, McGill University

Improving Mental Health Literacy in Secondary Schools: Two Evidence-Based Programs | Yifeng Wei, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre


Posters in French:

PASIUM : Favoriser la santé psychologique des étudiants en sciences infirmières | Christine Genest, Valérie Boucher, Johanne Goudreau, et Caroline Larue, Faculté des sciences infirmières de l’Université de Montréal

Traumatisme et résilience scolaire chez les jeunes dans l’Haïti post-séisme | Jeff Matherson Cadichon, Laboratoire de Psychologie Psy-DREPI: Dynamiques Relationnelles et Processus Identitaires (EA 7458), Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Promotion de la santé mentale de la petite enfance à l’adolescence | Paule Giguère, Fondation de psychologie du Canada

The Science of Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention

Posters in English:

Blockchain: Latest Innovation in Collaborative Community Care, CMHA LK and Bluewater Health - Maximizing Client Outcomes, Minimizing Workload | Andre Vandenberk, Stephen Mitchell, and Paula Reaume-Zimmer, VitalHub Corp. 

Innovative Real-Time Business Intelligence dashboards for Community Mental Health | Daniel Smith, Lana Frado, and Peggy Lucas, Hinext Inc.

Mental Health & Caffeinated Beverages: Something to Keep in Mind | Josiah Marquis, Roshni Sandhu and Nicole Atkins


Posters in French:

Les effets d'un programme innovateur destiné aux parents de jeune atteint de trouble obsessionnel-compulsif | Annie Surprenant, Université du Québec à Montréal Centre de recherche de l'Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal 

Prévention et gestion des multimorbidités dans les troubles mentaux sévères | Eve Dubois et Ahmed Jerome Romain, Centre de Recherche du CHUM 

Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health

Posters in English:

Opioid Addiction and Peer-Based Support | Ariane Bakhtiar, York University

Predictors of Early Marijuana Use Initiation | Clea Sturgess, Dr. Gabriel (Joey) Merrin, Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, University of Victoria

Adapt or Fade Away: CMHA Ottawa’s Proactive DBT Program | Dana Kochanowicz; Carin Stojsic, Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa

Examining Alcohol Use in the South Asian Punjabi Community in Peel Region | Jasmeet Chagger, SOCH Community Health Promotion Inc., & McMaster University

Building the bridge between Emergency Departments and community-based Mental Health and Addiction Services | Marie-France Langlois, Despina Pelekos, Marie-Solange Vittecoq, Canadian Mental Health Association

Best Practices across the Continuum of Care for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder | Sheena Taha, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Improving Quality of Life: Considerations for Co-Occurring Health Concerns among Older Adults | Sheena Taha, Robyn McQuaid, Zach Patterson, Sarah Wallingford, Amy Porath, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

In Short Term Emergency Department Diversion (In-STED): Community and Hospitals Working together to break-down Mental Health & Addictions Barriers | Sinthusha Panchalingam

Nurse Practitioner led “RAAM” and “SUIT” clinics through Innovative Care Models | Tam Truong and Hoodo Ibrahim, Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin

Brain Changes in Drug Abuse: Implications for Addiction | Timothy Parker, University of Alberta

FACTT Waterloo Wellington: A Regional Journey in Designing Flexibility to Meet Modern Complexity | Trish Benoit, Lisa Bigam, Alison DeMuy, and Stephanie Robinson, CMHA Waterloo Wellington


Posters in French:

La santé mentale et les troubles liés à l’utilisation de substances psychoactives | Nicolas Girard, Édith Maisonneuve et Dr Amal Abdel Baki, Équipe intensive de proximité SOL (ÉQIIP SOL ) de Clinique des jeunes adultes psychotique du CHUM

Mental Health in the Workplace

Posters in English:

Creating Psychologically Safe Workplace Environments | Chelsea MacDonald, CUPE Ontario Women's Committee

Bridging the Gap Between Primary Care and Workplace in Men’s Mental Health: A Multi-Perspective Exploratory Study | Jalila Jbilou, Moncton University

Engaging Executive Leaders' on Workplace Mental Health | Karen Loney, Muncipality of Chatham-Kent, Public Health 

Stigmas in the Culinary Workplace | Michaella Hawkins, Mental Health Advocate & CMHA Volunteer

Mental Health Care: It’s Not Just From the Eyebrows Up Anymore | Nicole Sonier-Hoe, and Joanne Haddad, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa

The Aspiring Workforce Toolkit: Strategies for Accommodating Workers Living with Mental Illness |  Krista Benes, Rebecca Gewurtz, Emile Tompa, Rosemary Lysaght, Bonnie Kirsh, Sandra Moll, Sergio Rueda, Karen Harlos, Hélène Sultan-Taïeb, Arlene MacDougall, Margaret Oldfield, Katie Cook, Angela Xie, and Kathy Padkapayeva, Mental Health Commission of Canada and McMaster University

Innovation in Action: A Workplace Mental Health App for Healthcare Workers | Sandra Moll and Kim Slade, McMaster University

Web-Based Challenge Measurably Improves CMHA Employee Health | Thomas McKenna, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch, and Ilka Lowensteyn, McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program


Posters in French:

Doses optimales d’activité physique et moindre stress au travail | Jean-Philippe Lachance, Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal ; Université du Québec à Montréal

Ajustements pour le retour au travail des employés après une dépression : perspectives des employeurs | Marie-France Bastien, Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal 

Mieux comprendre l’influence du travail dans le parcours suicidaire de l’adulte | Vanessa Girardin, Université de Sherbrooke