About the Summit

Mental Health Summit 2015:
Transforming the Future of Mental Health

Theme: Making an Impact

Date(s): November 21-22, 29

Location: Ryerson Student Campus Center

There is increasing interest and emphasis on the importance of mental health. The mental health summit “Transforming the Future of Mental Health” strives to bring together individuals from across the province to share their knowledge and experiences, and mutually inspire each other to shape the future of mental health.

The goal of the summit is to equip its attendees with the skills and knowledge on the topic of mental health through interactive workshops and inspiring, informative keynote speakers. This event will focus on preventative care and support, health promotion, and education. The Mental Health Summit will inspire attendees to apply these techniques and information in their own personal lives, as well as to support those in need and help foster a community free of stigma. This will allow attendees to reflect on their own health and well-being, and consider the impact of their actions on others.

Mission

To provide attendees an opportunity to gain knowledge and develop new or existing skills, which can be utilized to contribute towards the mental health and well-being of self and others. To serve as a medium for conversation by recognizing the importance of mental health. Interested stakeholders will be empowered and gain an understanding and awareness on mental health issues and concepts, including the increase of focus on prevention and health promotion.

Vision

We strive to transform the future of mental health by increasing access to support in the community, recognizing the importance of mental health, and creating an accepting environment for all. Our philosophy lies on the premise that increasing early access and support for all individuals and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health will lead to a healthier future generation.

Objectives

1) An educational forum where students, faculties, organizations, and other stakeholders connect to share their knowledge and experiences in the area of mental health.

2) Enable individuals to enhance skills and develop strategies to care for self, and to provide help or support to someone demonstrating emotional/mental distress.

3) To spread awareness and develop an understanding on current issues and concepts related to mental health, in an individual and system level, and what actions can be taken to address these factors.

Areas of Focus

  • Preventative Care and support
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health Education & Stigma Reduction

Our philosophy lies on the premise that increasing early access and support for youth, and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health will, in turn, lead to a healthier future generation.

Event Schedule

Saturday, November 21

Time Event Location
9:00am

9:30am
Registration and Breakfast
9:30am

9:45am
Opening Remarks SCC 115
(Tecumseh Auditorium)
9:45am

10:45am
 “Addressing Mental Health Stigma in Asian Canadian Community – Strategies, Skills, and Challenges

Rick Sin, joined by Faiza Rab and Mezart Daulet

SCC 115
10:45am

11:00am
Break
11:00am

12:00pm
 

From Patient to Provider: My Journey

Alexandra Morra

SCC 115
12:00pm

1:15pm
Lunch Therapy Dog Session feat. St. John’s Ambulance dogs

Bronwyn Dickson

Lunch outside SCC 115 

“Therapy Dog Session” in Margaret Laurence Room

“Meet SMASH” in SCC Lobby

Meet Ryerson’s SMASH – Students for Mental Awareness, Support, and Health

1:15pm

2:15pm
Workshop

Juannittah Kamera

Mental Well-being – The Student Experience

Self Care Session

Dr. Jasna Schwind

Mindfulness Practice: A tool for self-care within an educational context

“Mental Well-being” in the Layton Room

“Mindfulness Practice” in the Oakham Lounge

2:15pm

3:15pm
Self-care session

Dr. Jasna Schwind

Mindfulness Practice: A tool for self-care within an educational context

Workshop

Juannittah Kamera

Mental Well-being – The Student Experience

“Mental Well-being” in the Layton Room

“Mindfulness Practice” in the Oakham Lounge

3:15pm

3:30pm
Break
3:30pm

4:30pm
MCIT’s Role in Responding with Suicidal Patients & Mental Illness

Sharon Lawlor, joined by Constable Brian Urquhart

SCC 115
4:30pm

5:00pm
What the AIDS Epidemic Can Teach Us About Mental Health Responses

Gaya Arasaratnam, joined by Dr. Laura Girz

SCC 115
5:00pm

6:15pm
Dinner & Entertainment
Improv Comedy
The Social Capital
SCC 115
6:15pm

6:30pm
Closing Remarks SCC 115

Sunday, November 22 and 29 (Mental Health First Aid)*

Time Event Location
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Substance Use Disorders POD 463
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm – 5:15 pm Mood Disorders POD 463
Time Event Location
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Anxiety Disorders POD 463
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm – 5:15 pm Psychotic Disorders POD 463

*Attendance for both days is mandatory