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 2019 will be pinned up on large boards in a designated room for all three 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, September 24th, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. During the Poster Session, poster presenters will stand by their posters to share information to delegates about their project/program.

Information about Creating a Poster

If you are presenting a poster at the Mental Health for All Conference 2019,  your poster should be no more than 6 feet width and 6 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, Creating a Poster, and Templates for Conference Posters. 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 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 2019 Mental Health for All Conference. We are no longer accepting submissions for poster presentations at the 2019 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.

Download the full poster pamphlet here.


Towards Best Practices Guidelines for School Reintegration after Psychiatric Hospitalization

Anne-Marie Tougas, Université de Sherbrooke

This poster presents the development of best clinical and organizational practices guidelines for facilitating school reintegration of adolescents after psychiatric hospitalization. Its content is divided into three parts: 1) the stages of the process leading to the co-construction of the guidelines, 2) the optimal trajectory of services to implement, 3) the best practices to promote.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Get acquainted with the development process of best practices guidelines
  2. Identify the best practices to implement in school, health services and social services settings in order to facilitate school reentry of an adolescent after psychiatric hospitalization

Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) Research Funding: Navigating the Challenges

Christopher A. Klinger, Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC)

This poster presentation on hospice palliative care (HPC) research funding – including its public/mental health applications – will provide a better picture of the current landscape and highlight gaps also with regard to pathological grief/bereavement and medical assistance in dying in connection with a mental health condition.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To explore the current HPC research funding landscape, including for public/mental health applications;
    2. To discover research gaps also with regard to pathological grief/bereavement and medical assistance in dying in connection with a mental health condition;
    3. To describe opportunities to build on established gains – including in the mental health sector.


ADHD: How Policy, Neurobiology and Lived Experiences Intersect

Denis Keimakh, University of Toronto; and Kaliopi Dimitrakoudis, York University

The recent trivialization of ADHD has tragic consequences for those with the disorder: namely, they create stigma and are a form of epistemic injustice. We draw on lived experience accounts from ADHD patients, as well as governmental policies to provide a holistic view regarding the state of ADHD in 2019.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates will gain: 

    1. a surface level understanding of the molecular mechanisms that govern ADHD
    2. an understanding of the current policies that surround mental illness and what we have left to achieve

DBT-Informed Parenting Skills Program Supporting Improved Connections & Mental Health

Helen Stolte and Elizabeth Lovrics

We present our innovative DBT-Informed parenting program that teaches caregivers skills to manage and support their youth’s mental health and strengthen relationships. The targeted, evidence-based program is an effective resource for service providers, parents/caregivers, and youth: it promotes collaborative care practices, meaningful connections, and enhanced outcomes for the whole family.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates will gain:

    1. an understanding of the ways in which DBT-Informed parenting skills building programs provide effective techniques for strengthening relationships and improving outcomes for youth
    2. an understanding of the basic principles of DBT and how to integrate aspects into their daily life to support and enhance social connections

Roots of Hope: A Community-Based Initiative for Reducing Suicide

Lisa Cowley, Mental Health Commission of Canada

To try to reduce the impacts of suicide in Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada is leading a five-year, multi-site project entitled Roots of Hope: A community suicide prevention project. The goal of this community-led initiative is to develop an evidence base, including best practices and suicide prevention resources.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Poster presentation attendees will be able to define the integral ingredients in planning, implementing and evaluating collective community suicide prevention actions.
  2. Poster presentation attendees will gain an understanding of some of the challenges and successes encountered to-date in leading a national, community-led suicide prevention project.

Experiences of Adolescents with Anxiety or Mood Disorders of Accessing Primary Care Mental Health Services: A Literature Review

Lisa De Panfilis RN, BScN, MScN student McMaster University

This poster will describe the literature surrounding access to primary care mental health services for adolescents with mental disorders, and the preliminary findings of a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews and photo-elicitation.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To understand the different dimensions of access and the multiple levels of influence which impact access for adolescents experiencing anxiety or mood disorders
    2. To learn about strategies health care professionals practicing in primary care can implement to facilitate improved access for adolescents experiencing anxiety or mood disorders

Clergy Nonsexual Misconduct: Immediate and Long Term Effects

Dr. Marlis Krueger, The Family Psychology Place

Clergy misconduct victims are changed in lasting ways: altered sense of self, loss of identity, declines in emotional wellbeing, chronic cognitive rumination, impaired trust, altered social identity, and altered spirituality. Healing is lengthy and only partial. Victims become spiritual refugees suffering from ruptured attachment and complex trauma in isolation.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To understand the immediate traumatic impact of clergy misconduct experiences.
    2. To understand the social victimization and ruptured attachment that follows reports of clergy misconduct.
    3. To understand the complex trauma that follows experiences and reports of clergy misconduct.

A Systematic Review of the Prevalence of PTSD in Canada

Murray Weeks, Public Health Agency of Canada

This work presents the results of a systematic review on the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Canada. In total, 148 articles met inclusion criteria. Depending on the data source, population, and assessment method, the prevalence of PTSD ranged considerably. This work may inform surveillance of PTSD in Canada.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To understand the prevalence of PTSD in Canada. 
    2. To understand the available data sources, and prevalence of PTSD among different sub populations
    3. To understand the limitations associated with current data.

Kidney Transplant Candidates Who Are Mentally Ill

Rui Fu, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

An increased number of end-stage renal disease patients suffer psychosocial conditions and may experience delayed access to transplantation due to listing restrictions. In this population-based cohort study, we use propensity score matching to show that for deceased-donor renal transplant recipients in Ontario, Canada, early psychosocial conditions at one-year before initiating dialysis are independently associated with an increased risk of death after transplantation.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To understand the negative impact of early psychosocial conditions on kidney transplant recipient outcome
    2. To understand the inadequacy of the current kidney transplant listing system in Ontario, Canada that lacks a rigorous mental health assessment for potential transplant recipients

Thérapie cognitive comportementale transdiagnostique de groupe pour les troubles anxieux : une approche novatrice pour accroître l’accès à la psychothérapie

Pasquale Roberge, Université de Sherbrooke

Les troubles anxieux sont les troubles mentaux les plus courants dans la population générale mais l’accès à un traitement adéquat est limité. La thérapie cognitive- comportementale transdiagnostique (TCC-T) de groupe est une approche novatrice qui pourrait favoriser un accès équitable à une psychothérapie éprouvée. Cette présentation porte un essai pragmatique visant à évaluer l’efficacité et le rapport coûts/efficacité d’une TCC

Objectifs d’apprentissage: 

  1. Décrire les principales caractéristiques de la TCC-T pour les troubles anxieux.
  2. Reconnaître le potentiel de la TCC-T groupe pour favoriser l’accès équitable à une psychothérapie éprouvée.
  3. Distinguer les caractéristiques spécifiques d’un essai clinique pragmatique visant à évaluer une intervention en contexte réel.

Partnering with Children for More Inclusive Child Mental Healthcare

Marjorie Montreuil, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University

The results of two reviews will be presented on how to engage children in knowledge production and delivery related to their own care. The application of these ideas specifically to child mental health care will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To understand the concept of children as active agents in mental healthcare
    2. To describe different approaches to engage children in knowledge production and mental healthcare decisions of relevance to them

Wait, Wait, Go Away: Eliminating Case Management Wait Times

Jennifer VanLinthout, CMHA Halton Branch

Through transforming their case management service model from longer-term to transitional and using Lean methodology, the CMHA Halton Region Branch eliminated their waitlist for support in just 4 months. This poster will discuss the changes made, the planning and implementation process, and data and outcomes from both staff and clients.

Learning Objectives: 


  1. The importance of innovation, flexibility, and responsiveness to meeting client needs in a timely fashion.
  2. The adaptations made by both staff and clients in order that clients could receive clients without a wait.
  3. The data that reflects both staff and client responses to this service transformation.

Trauma Informed Practices While Working with Indigenous People

Erica DiFranco, University of Toronto

The Native Women’s Association of Canada have created a resource that encompasses the best practices for service providers, so they can provide holistic & culturally safe trauma informed care while working with Indigenous peoples and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community through a practical approach on intersectionality, harm & stigma reduction.

Learning Objectives:

Delegates will gain a better understanding of what a intersectional/holistic approach to trauma informed care, harm reduction and stigma reduction looks like in practice while working with Indigenous populations.

Refugees, Mental Health and Housing Instability: Multi-Policy Prevention Opportunities

Abe Oudshoorn and Fawziah Al Malki, Western University

In this presentation participants will be invited to consider the policy implications of a program of research looking at housing stability for refugees and the relationship with mental health. Together we will identify key opportunities to both prevent mental illness and prevent housing loss amongst this vulnerable group.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To understand the settlement process for refugees of varying status
    2. To understand the mental health risks faced by refugees
    3. To understand clear policy steps that could improve the settlement experiences and mental wellness of refugees

Trans(cending) Recovery: Discussions with Trans and Non-Binary Folks around Recovery

Alicia Pinelli, McMaster University

Focusing on the narratives of transgender and non-binary folks, who identify as experiencing a form of eating disorder, this presentation seeks to trans(cend) the current understandings of recovery through impacts of gender identity through the use of social and historical context, recollections of current individual experiences, and encouragement of reflexivity.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To explore social and historical context of oppression and discrimination of non-binary and transgender identities and impact on eating disorders
    2. To understand the impacts of gender identity on the recovery process
    3. To increase confidence to provide inclusive support to non-binary and transgender individuals regarding eating disorder recovery

Access to Mental Health Services for Homeless Youth: ACCESS-Ripaj

Amal Abdel-Baki, Diane Aubin, Lysandre Bourguignon, Chantelle Mirreault, Marie-Ève Dupont, Camille Arbaud, and Pat Bauco, ACCESS-RIPAJ

Within ACCESS Open Minds RIPAJ, youth and families are working with clinicians, researchers, administrators and decision-makers to improve access to mental health services for youth at risk of homelessness. ACCESS Open MindsRIPAJ serves as a model for other urban youth mental health initiatives targeting this traditionally underserved population.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To explore the association between homelessness and Psychological distress which can increase risk of severe mental disorders, especially in youth
    2. To learn strategies to facilitate access to youth mental health services through youth engagement, early identification, rapid access, appropriate care, continuity of care beyond age transitions, and family/carer engagement.

Reducing Social Isolation Among Seniors in a Primary Care Setting

Briar DeFinney and Adijatukubra Musa, Don Mills Family Health Team

The effect of social isolation on health is now of a similar magnitude to other risks to health, such as high blood pressure, smoking and obesity. With significantly higher rates among seniors, social isolation can have direct effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors and is associated with increased sympathetic nervous system activity, increased inflammation, and decreased sleep. This presentation focuses on the design and implementation of an interactive art therapy program for seniors and individuals with mild to moderate dementia. In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto, the Don Mills Family Health Team held weekly Art Therapy classes hosted by Certified Art Therapists to mitigate the effects of social isolation.

Embracing Intersectionality in Community-Care

Emily DesRoches, Wilfrid Laurier University

In approaching the impact of mental illness within marginalized communities, we must prioritize community-care. However, we must also challenge the oppressive systems that reproduce harm and are connected to individual sites of oppression. An intersectional approach serves diverse communities while challenging the thinking that prevents those communities from accessing care.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To understand the concept of community-care as an essential component to breaking down barriers to mental health services and the need for an intersectional approach
    2. To understand the relationship between individual sites of oppression and how oppressive systems reproduce them
    3. To challenge binary thinking: replacing “or” with “and”

Best Practices in Assessing and Diagnosing Depression in Men

Hailley White, Hannah Hunter, Derek Boswell and Michael Moes, King's University College at Western University

In Canada, men account for 3 out of 4 deaths by suicide, despite lower rates of diagnosed depression. This poster will address the crisis in men’s mental health by discussing the best practices in assessing depression in men for primary and secondary care workers.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To better recognize, assess, and measure male depression symptoms in a primary and secondary care setting.
    2. To understand how traditional masculine ideals can act as a barrier to help-seeking.
    3. To select evidence-based tools to assess depression in men and recommended treatment options that will be effective for men’s unique mental health needs.

The Psychological and Physical Health, Stress and Needs of Caregivers of Children with Disabilities Enrolled in Family-Centered Support Programs

Kyla Roberts, University of Calgary

The present study illustrated that 45 caregivers of children with disabilities experienced an array of unmet needs, and high levels of depression, anxiety and stress, which were all associated with their frequency of socialization. Thus, families of children with disabilities may benefit from support services that specifically target these areas.

Accessing Services for Depression- The South Asian Punjabi Community's Experience

Maneet Chahal, McMaster University

An interpretive description qualitative approach was utilized to understand the South Asian Punjabi community’s perceived experience of having accessed mental health services for depression within Canada. A sub-aim of the study was to capture the participants’ conceptualizations and experiences of having depression. Interviews took place in English and Punjabi.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates will learn:

    1. about South Asian Punjabi community’s conceptualization of depression
    2. how this ethnic community’s conceptualization of depression influences access to services
    3. five aspects of accessibility that need to be improved to better support this ethnic community
    4. the importance of culturally tailored interventions for ethnic communities

Empowering the South Asian Community- From The Ground Up

Maneet Chahal, SOCH Community Health Promotion Inc

SOCH has empowered the SA community locally with mental health educational workshops as well as taken its efforts to a global platform through online social media initiatives. This poster will share insights from the project and how to bring about community change through a cultural lens.

Learning Objectives:

Delegates will learn:

    1. the importance of culturally tailored mental health awareness initiatives
    2. how to engage the community with mental health promotion
    3. the importance of using a creative lens on breaking the mental health stigma
    4. how to get into faith-based institutions

Clergy Nonsexual Misconduct: The Complicity of Church Congregations

Dr. Marlis Krueger, The Family Psychology Place

Upon reports of clergy misconduct, church groups engage in protective group dynamics and join clergy in punishing and scapegoating victims. Accessing accountability mechanisms within churches simply creates another layer of victimization and compounds victim trauma. Clergy misconduct is condoned and perpetuated by churches and denominations.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates will learn about: 

    1. misconduct in church groups: types, prevalence, effects.
    2. church involvement when misconduct is reported.
    3. the predictable levels of punishment and scapegoating that follow reports of clergy misconduct in church groups.

South Asian Community Forum: Opioid Crisis and Overdose Prevention

Dr. Samim Hasham

South Asian Community Forum: Opioid Crisis and Overdose Prevention workshops brought awareness of the opioid crisis in Ontario to our South Asian patients and families. Presenting in non-traditional settings with a focus on cultural relevance and major language groups helped reduce stigma and increase participation in harm reduction conversations. In addition workshops were provided to local health care professionals to increase their awareness of the opioid crisis and how to educate clients within a South Asian lens.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To increase awareness and understanding of the opioid crisis in Ontario
    2. To improve recognition of substance use disorders and misuse
    3. To learn how to talk to family members about the dangers of opioid related drug use

The Effect of a Suburban HIV/AIDS Primary Prevention Intervention

Yoshith Perera, Moyo Health and Community Services (Formerly Peel HIV/AIDS Network)

The effect of a suburban HIV/AIDS primary prevention intervention’s duration and structure on the recruitment of priority population participants. Moyo Health and Community Services (Formerly Peel HIV/AIDS Network) offers community based interventions that build capacity in HIV/AIDS prevention. As peer based interventions, these programs builds participants’ confidence in stakeholder engagement.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To list a number of community based leadership and capacity building interventions that support folks most at risk of contracting HIV and other STBBIs.
    2. To discuss strategies for the integration of community based interventions in to primary care in order to strengthen patient confidence in navigating health systems.

2realities1solution: A Life-Skills Development Model for Substance Abuse & Concurrent Disorders

Anthony Berger and Kierra Beattie-Dagenais, Dunham House

With the gap in services for individuals with concurrent disorders there are few accessible resources. This presentation will explore a working model for treating both substance abuse and concurrent disorders. Dunham House’s residential treatment program teaches life skills development through a community approach and alternative therapeutic activities.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To introduce Dunham House treatment program.
    2. To learn about evidence based and alternative practices for treating both substance use and Concurrent Disorders.

Examining Predictors of Illicit Drug Use in the Past Year

Julia Ranieri, Western University

Substance use, in the wake of the recent fentanyl/opioid crisis, is affecting an overwhelming number of individuals and families across Canada. Greater understanding and awareness into the predictors of substance use is key in understanding future trends, as well as understanding preventative measures.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To increase understanding of predictive measures for illicit substance use
    2. To demonstrate areas for future research

Power of Self-Determination: The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for Addictions

Lynn Gallagher, CMHA Halton

Living with or recovering from Substance Use and Mental Health challenges is complex, and multilayered. People can and do recover especially when the right treatments, services and supports are available. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for addictions created by Mary Ellen Copeland is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to: 1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; 2) increase personal empowerment; 3) improve quality of life; and 4) achieve their own life goals and dreams.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To introduce the main components of Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Addictions
    2. To discuss 5 key recovery concepts and impact on Prevention, Treatment and Maintenance of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health
    3. To raise awareness of how Personal Self Responsibility plays a key role in developing a personal plan

From Fragmentation to Integration: Investing in Youth Well-being

Meriem Benlamri, Frayme

Integrated Youth Services(IYS) provide a “one-stop-shop” for youth to receive mental health, substance use, physical health and social services. As jurisdictions implement IYS to address system fragmentation and holistically meet youth needs, findings from a scan of IYS initiatives will satisfy a growing need for evidence on how they function.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To learn about the scope of integrated youth services (IYS), including the principles and processes that facilitate their operation
    2. To understand how different contextual settings may influence IYS initiatives
    3. To demonstrate how services are integrated and delivered, how client data is collected and shared, and how organizational evaluations are conducted (with findings)

Clearing the Air: Informing Service Providers about Cannabis Use

Purnima Sundar and Lynette Katsivo, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health & Addictions Mental Health Ontario

Discusses collaborative work that presents current knowledge on complex links between mental health and addictions with cannabis use in an evidence-informed learning resource. It is tailored for mental health and addictions service providers implementing prevention and harm reduction programs/initiatives for youth with mental health issues who may be using cannabis.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To describe links between cannabis use and mental health in youth under 25 years
    2. To identify the spectrum of cannabis use and factors that influence youth decisions to engage in the use of substances
    3. To understand evidence-informed practices focused on preventing and reducing harms related to substance use, specifically cannabis

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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To identifying the signs of burnout and stress
    2. To learn the variety of support and tools that are available within schools locally and internationally
    3. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To provide an overview of the partnership and collaboration between three student-led wellness initiatives at UofT Medicine
    2. 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!

Learning Objectives: 

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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To gain a newer understanding of approach, and to lessen anxiety.
    2. To recognize mental – physical health benefits of spontaneous engagement, and to learn something new about the self.
    3. To recognize and to identify positive qualities, traits, and characteristics in one’s self
    4. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To learn ways to initiate conversations with hospitals and other supports
    2. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. To recognize youth engagement as a culture and practice that can enhance comprehensive school health
  2. To define what is meant by youth engagement and the difference between participation and engagement
  3. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To learn how to plan and implement best practices within the classroom setting and to identify potential barriers to these best practices
    2. 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.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To better understand critical risk and protective factors of academic stress in university-aged adults.
    2. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. 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
    2. 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 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
  2. To describe best practices in school engagement and identify barriers that can limit communication to children and young adults


A Collective Approach: Student-Led Wellness Initiatives at UofT Medical School

Lauren Beck and Ivona Berger, University of Toronto

Student-led wellness initiatives aim to connect students by reducing the stigma of mental health and creating safe spaces for candid conversations. Our poster describes an exciting partnership between Student Health Initiatives and Education (SHINE) at UofT Medicine with other student, faculty, and federal wellness groups.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Provide an overview of the partnership and collaboration between three student-led wellness initiatives at UofT Medicine.
  2. Describe the role of student-led initiatives in promoting wellness, resilience, and mental health among medical trainees.

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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To understand how peer support can be integrated into evidence-based mental health programs to increase engagement and understanding of the skills
    2. To understand of how to adapt an evidence-based program into a short term program for university-aged young adults.
    3. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To learn about youth engagement processes for mental health systems-level research
    2. 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.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To share the mental health and wellness plan and framework and build collective resilience across campuses
    2. To provide practice examples of mental health promotion and wellness on three intervention levels
    3. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. To share knowledge regarding the real and perceived access barriers to on-campus, peer-support services and potential approaches to addressing these barriers.
  2. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To provide education regarding the evidence based need to help children become emotionally healthy, starting in the early years.
    2. To introduce a curriculum based program and resources, that educators, community groups, etc. can use.
    3. 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.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates will gain: 

    1. a comprehensive overview of the current mental health responses for international students at post-secondary institutions across Canada
    2. an understanding of existing gaps in academic services and organizational policies will be reviewed, with promising practices identified and examined
    3. an understanding of the unique experiences of international students will be examined and highlighted

Récits post-traumatiques dans le contexte post-séisme 2010 en Haïti

Jeff Matherson Cadichon

Ce travail explore les récits post-traumatiques d’adolescents et jeunes adultes, survivants du séisme du 12 janvier 2010 en Haïti plus de six ans après. Il parcourt les éventuelles perturbations psychiques au long cours entrainées par l’évènement et analyse les stratégies mises en place pour les surmonter. Deux vignettes cliniques issues de la phase qualitative de notre recherche doctorale sont analysées.

Objectifs d’apprentissage:

Cette communication renseigne sur les conséquences post-traumatiques au long cours entrainées par les catastrophes naturelles et humaines. En outre, elle renseigne sur la fonction narrative du récit à travers lequel le sujet parviendra à faire face, non sans heurts, aux perturbations psychiques liées à l’événement et d’autres expériences traumatiques.

Balanced Leadership - the Critical Role of Workplace Mental Health

Amy Baskin and Darlene Doricic, CMHA-Kamloops and School District No. 73(Kamloops-Thompson)

When your employees have the influence to shape the next generation’s mental health awareness, the employer needs to ensure they have the right tools and support to influence positively. Join School District No. 73 and the Kamloops CMHA branch on our journey to create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates gain understanding on how to: 

    1. identify the need for a workplace mental health strategy?
    2. create connections and partnerships to build a mentally healthy workplace, including senior leadership participation.
    3. how to ensure a sustainable program

Supporting Mental Wellness and Recovery in the Workplace with Research

Caroline Hoffart, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Psychiatric Nursing Program; Naqsh Kochar, Refresh Inc.; and Rebecca Rackow CMHA Saskatchewan Division

People who experience a mental illness or mental wellness challenges may struggle to maintain their position in the workplace – often unsuccessfully. This presentation will introduce participants to a college and community based research study that investigates the relationship between mental wellness and recovery in the workplace.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will:

  1. Reflect on personal experiences related to mental wellness and recovery in the workplace.
  2. Identify characteristics of a supportive workplace environment with focus on recovery, mental health literacy, and removal of barriers related to stigma.
  3. Explore a socially innovative tool that connects individuals with a lived experience to social programs that support recovery in the workplace and community.

Empowering Youth with Mental Health Concerns Seeking Employment

Cassandra Waldon and Robert Wharram, Youth Employment Services YES

A growing number of youth living with mental health issues have been seeking employment services to support them with some of the unique challenges faced when trying to access employment. YES will share its innovative Mental Health curriculum, and discuss topics including defining mental health, disclosure, accommodation and challenging stigma around mental health.

Learning Objectives: 

Delegates will gain: 

    1. an understanding of disclosure, accommodation and stigma around mental health in the workplace
    2. an understanding of the work that YES does to end stigma around mental health in the workplace both in its work with youth and employers

Mentally Healthy Employees in Mentally Well Workplaces

Ela Partyka, CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg

Mentally Healthy at Work – how innovative supports and programs work together to support meaningful employment as part of recovery while reducing stigma and increasing workplace psychological health and safety.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Attendees will hear about the impact of employment on recovery and how workplaces can support well-being
  2. Attendees will be see how a continuum of employment supports can address needs across the mental health spectrum


Do Workload Demands and Mental Mealth Influence Nurses' Medication Use?

Farinaz Havaei, Maura MacPhee, and Adriane Gear (presenting), University of British Columbia, School of Nursing

The purpose of this presentation is to examine the effect of workload demands and mental health problems including emotional exhaustion, on British Columbia nurses’ medication use. Furthermore, mental health problems are explored as the mechanism through which workload demands influence nurses’ use of medication.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To explore the differential effects of workload factors on nurses’ medication use.
    2. To understand the mechanism through which workload factors impact nurses’ medication use via deteriorating their mental health.

Does Workplace Violence and Mental health Influence Nurses' Medication Use?

Farinaz Havaei, Maura MacPhee, and Adriane Gear (presenting), University of British Columbia, School of Nursing

The purpose of this presentation is to examine the effect of workplace violence, both physical and emotional, and mental health problems including PTSD and emotional exhaustion, on British Columbia nurses’ medication use. Furthermore, mental health problems are explored as the mechanism through which workplace violence impacts nurses’ use of medication.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To explore the effect of emotional and physical workplace violence on nurses’ medication use.
    2. To examine the impact of mental health problems on nurses’ medication use.
    3. To understand the mechanism through which workplace violence impacts nurses’ medication use via deteriorating their mental health.

Mental Health at Work: A Simple Framework for Complex Organizations

Jon Howard, Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Johnson & Johnson is the largest healthcare company in the world, and we’ve made mental health a priority. Using our Canadian operations as a case study, we will share our learnings in a format that provides participants with a simple framework for bringing mental health programming to their organizations.

Learning Objectives

    1. To provide a simple and actionable framework to help companies with complex structures, multiple business units and/or locations address mental health
    2. To outline steps of the framework, explaining their importance, how to activate them and measure progress plus J&J’s lessons learned.
    3. To share resources, communication material and tools to help

Promoting Trauma Informed Practice in Toronto South Detention Center

Kendra Baker, Laura Hamer, Nellie Klump, Nicole Renwick, Halyna Vinnichenko, Humber College

Promoting trauma-informed practice within Toronto South Detention Center as a model for improving workplace mental health in corrections.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To demonstrate that addressing the vicarious trauma experienced by front-line staff could curb the overall violence in Toronto South Detention Center
    2. To share trauma-informed approach promotion may address on-going problems of staff absenteeism, workplace mental health and safety, and low staff morale in the Toronto South Detention Center

The Construction of National Mental Health Indicators for Health Professions

Laura Zychla, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

Mental health and quality of work life are not monitored consistently in most health professions, although the literature demonstrates the need for it to support change. This project evaluated the current state of these topics in health professionals within three national associations. The results provide a successful roadmap for monitoring.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To gain awareness of a national mental health movement to monitor and support health professionals
    2. To understand the methodology and results of the project in relation to creating mental health policy and profession monitoring
    3. To understand how mental health data can spur association activities to support its membership

Customizing Workplace Mental Health Training for Healthcare Workers

Sandra Moll and Sheila Addanki, McMaster University

Customizing mental health literacy training for healthcare workers is the focus of “Beyond Silence”, an innovative, evidence-based workplace initiative. Insights from implementing the training with small, under-resourced healthcare organizations will be shared, including strategies to optimize engagement, sustainability, and impact on psychological health and safety.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. To stimulate reflection on the unique mental health support needs of healthcare workers in small, under-resourced healthcare organizations
    2. To review key insights on implementing peer-led workplace mental health training across the province of Ontario
    3. To inspire action for participants in their own workplace

Mental Health in the Public Sector Workplace

Shivi Darubra, The City of Vaughan

This presentation will cover some best practices in mental health employed by municipalities across Ontario. The public sector environment is changing and creating a psychologically safe and productive workplace environment is key to retain and engage staff.

Learning Objectives:

    1. To showcase best practices to implement mental health strategies in a workplace
    2. To understand the importance of creating a culture to be respectful to the mental health of all colleagues
    3. To learn how employers can better interact and manage staff dealing with mental illness

Early Steps of Implementing a Trauma Informed Workplace

Teresa Meulensteen, Paul Blahey, and Kate Cunning, CMHA Ottawa

Trauma informed Care ; what is it, what does it look like and why is it important.
CMHA Ottawa’s journey toward improving workplace wellness by implementing a trauma informed approach.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. How to get started
  2. What can TIC look like
  3. Implementation process