HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit – Program

Heads Up! Community Mental Health Summit - Fresh Outlook Foundation

It's about sharing!

Fresh Outlook Foundation

WHY SHARE? Because stories inspire change.

You can inform people about the need for change, only to discover that they repeat or revert to counterproductive behaviours. To move from information to inspiration, and then to the desired transformation, people must first be engaged emotionally. They must “feel” the need for change. Because storytelling helps people do that, every speaker at the Summit will share his/her story and the related insights, ideas, and passions for mentally healthier communities.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Whether you’re an elected official, business owner, nonprofit volunteer, university professor, or student, HEADS UP! will deliver information and inspiration for you and your specific mental health-related challenges, barriers, and opportunities.

And whatever your age, culture, or gender, HEADS UP! will also inform and stimulate vital conversations that will trigger positive change in your communities.

SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORY!

We’re looking for leading-edge information to share with a mixed audience about emerging trends in all aspects of mental health planning, policies, promotion, prevention, programs, projects, and partnerships… to name just a few. If your health authority, local government, business, nonprofit, educational institution, or consulting firm has a success story to share, please contact us!

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM DETAILS!

The preliminary program framework for our HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit has been completed! Please note, the program will not be finalized until fall 2020. Download it by clicking here, or see the schedule below.

Check back frequently as more information will constantly be added.

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Help us advance the conversation about mental health challenges, successes, and opportunities at the individual, family, workplace, and community scales.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration

Laurel Packing House (LPH)

Tue 7:30 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kairo Blanket Exercise

Location TBD

Presented by KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives), this session engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to build awareness about their shared history. KAIROS literally walks participants through pre-contact, treat-making, colonization, and resistance scenarios, thereby helping to build mentally healthy relationships among all participants.

Maximum 40 participants... register early

Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
40 max

Mental Health 101 & Reach Out Psychosis Tour Band

Laurel Packing House

Interior Health and Indigenous mental health professionals will build awareness about mental health by first defining mental health and mental illness, sharing mental health statistics, explaining the “social determinants” of mental health, and outlining the UN Sustainability Development Goals pertaining to mental health. They will then dig down into more details about primary types of disorders and mental health challenges (e.g., neuro-developmental, mood, and psychotic disorders, PTSD, brain injuries, and phobias), outcomes of mental health challenges (e.g., addiction, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, and suicide), and types of treatment professionals and modalities.

This session will be followed by a concert hosting BC’s own Reach Out Psychosis Tour Band. By performing a sensory-rich, interactive show full of original music, slam poetry, personal stories, and brain science, the band breaks down barriers and provides life-saving information for those who may be experiencing psychosis, or know someone who is.

Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mindfulness Workshop

Corinne CrockettLocation TBD

Using techniques developed for the public with UBC Okanagan called smartUBC (Stress Management & Resilience Techniques), Corinne will teach participants a unique combination of Mindfulness, Emotion, Compassion and Forgiveness Theory.

BScN, MHScN, RN / Adjunct Professor, UBCO / Certified smartUBC Facilitator
Tue 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

Laurel Packing House

Provided for full-Summit and one-day delegates

Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Welcome & Introductions

Laurel Packing House

Tue 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

'UPSTREAM' CHALLENGES: What is Causing the High Burden of Mental Health Problems?

Dr. Trevor HancockLaurel Packing House

Hon FFPH, Public Health & Social Policy Scholar/University of Victoria
Tue 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

TABLE TALKS: What Are the Societal Factors That Contribute to Mental Health Challenges and Barriers?

Laurel Packing House

Tue 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Tue 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

'UPSTREAM' OPPORTUNITIES: How Can We Build More Mentally Healthy Communities?

Dr. Trevor HancockLaurel Packing House

Hon FFPH, Public Health & Social Policy Scholar/University of Victoria
Tue 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: How Can Your Sector Best Help Build More Mentally Healthy Communities?

ACADEMIA

Laurel Packing House

Tue 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

BUSINESS

Laurel Packing House

Tue 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

GOVERNMENT

Sharon BladyLaurel Packing House

BA, BFA, MA, PhD / Speak Up: Mental Health Advocates Inc. / Former Minister of Health and Minister of Healthy Living for Manitoba
Tue 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

MENTAL HEALTH

Dr. Karin GoodisonLaurel Packing House

Medical Health Officer, Interior Health
Tue 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

NONPROFITS

Laurel Packing House

Tue 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

PHILANTHROPY

Al HildebrandtLaurel Packing House

Kelowna Foundation / Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna
Tue 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner Break

Dinner not provided.

Tue 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MOBILIZING SYSTEMIC CHANGE: Exploring Best Practices in BC & Beyond

KEYNOTE

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Anna Mehler PapernyLaurel Packing House

After a suicide attempt in her early twenties, Anna resolved to put her reporter's skills to use to get to know her “enemy,” setting off on a journey to document her major depressive disorder, the dizzying array of medical treatments on offer, and a medical profession also in search of answers. To that end, she interviewed fellow depression sufferers, leading medical experts across Canada and the U.S. (from family practitioners to psychiatrists to neurologists to brain-mapping pioneers), and others dabbling in strange hypotheses.

The resulting book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me, charts the way depression wrecks so many lives. It also maps competing schools of therapy, pharmacology, cutting-edge medicine, the pill-popping pitfalls of long-term treatment, the glaring unknowns, and the institutional shortcomings faced by both patients and practitioners.

Both funny and serious as she shares her equally heartwarming and heart wrenching story, Anna will track her quest for knowledge and the myriad ways we treat (and fail to treat) the disease that accounts for more years swallowed up by disability than any other in the world.

Acclaimed Reporter/Author
Tue 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

POWER TALKS & PANEL DISCUSSION

Building a Mental Health Care System in Kuwait

Susannah-Joy SchuilenbergLaurel Packing House

RPC, MPCC-S, CCTP, DAAETS, ACS
Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Clearing 'A Pathway to Hope' in BC

TBDLaurel Packing House

Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Harnessing the Power of Indigenous Partnerships for Systemic Change

TBDLaurel Packing House

Mental Health & Wellness Manager, First Nation Health Authority
Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mobilizing Addictions Recovery in BC

Jane ThornthwaiteLaurel Packing House

Liberal MLA, BC Opposition Critic for Mental Health & Addictions
Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration

Laurel Packing House

Wed 6:30 am - 8:00 am

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome & Introductions

Laurel Packing House

Wed 8:00 am - 8:15 am

8:15 am - 8:45 am

Child Mental Health & Community Resilience

Dr. Vanessa LapointeLaurel Packing House

We are in the midst of a childhood mental health epidemic. Rising up to face this will take grit, collaboration, and targeted implementation of science-informed, heart-based practices. This may feel daunting but there is profound hope sitting all about us. Are you a “big person” – mom, dad, teacher, caregiver, auntie, uncle, neighbor – who is invested in the growing up of a child? Are you part of a community in which a child is growing? Then YOU ARE THE HOPE. Resilience abounds in the collective awakening of all of us – at the level of the family, the community, and the social system. Our kids can be okay, and you will lead the way.

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, international speaker, regularly invited media guest, and registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for 20 years. Presently working in private practice, she has previous experience in a variety of public settings. As a mother to 2 growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eye.
Wed 8:15 am - 8:45 am

8:45 am - 9:40 am

Applied Positive Neuroscience: Simple Steps for Reversing the Downward Spirals of Depression & Anxiety

Alex KorbLaurel Packing House

Depression and anxiety have a big impact on productivity and motivation. Unfortunately, while the signs of these conditions aren’t always obvious, they are extremely common — even among highly successful people. In fact, the same brain circuits that make someone creative, driven, and productive, are often the same circuits that put them at risk for depression and anxiety. Fortunately, a better understanding of neuroscience can help reduce stigma and better deal with these common mental health challenges. Simply by making small changes in your thoughts, actions, interactions, and environment it’s possible to change the activity and chemistry of key brain circuits that contribute to depression and anxiety.

PhD / UCLA Neuroscientist / Author of 'The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time' and 'The Upward Spiral Workbook'
Wed 8:45 am - 9:40 am

9:40 am - 10:00 am

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Wed 9:40 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

Laurel Packing House

Provided for full-Summit and one-day delegates

Wed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cultural Considerations for Mentally Healthy Communities

PANEL DISCUSSION

Culture as a Tool for Healing Indigenous Mental Health Challenges

Metis Nation of BCLaurel Packing House

Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Debunking Stigma, Cultural Norms & Labels

TBDLaurel Packing House

Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Embracing Diverse Faith & Cultural Worldviews of Mental Health

TBDLaurel Packing House

Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fostering a Community Culture of Compassion

Laurence EastLaurel Packing House

Metro Community Church
Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

TABLE TALKS

Is There a Culture (or Lack of Culture) You Will Now Respond to Differently?

Laurel Packing House

Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Move to Breakout Rooms

Laurel Packing House

Wed 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Mental Health Challenges & Opportunities for Specific Interest Groups

Communicating & Collaborating Across Mental Health Care Providers & Supporters in the Okanagan

TBD

For Educators and Parents

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Community Mental Health by Design

TBD

For Community Planners, Elected Leaders, and Builders

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Emerging Trends in Mental Health Care

Alex KorbTBD

A DEEPER LOOK AT THE UPWARD SPIRAL: Connecting Neuroscience to the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

Alex Korb

This breakout session will focus on practical uses of recent neuroscience research to help mental health professionals better treat anxiety and depression. One primary objective is to maximize capacity for change in clients with neuro-informed explanations that shift the way they feel about their pathology and engage them in the therapeutic process. Staying grounded in neuroscience, this talk will cover elements of proven cognitive-behavioral interventions like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) to yield powerful therapeutic effects.

PhD / UCLA Neuroscientist / Author of 'The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time' and 'The Upward Spiral Workbook'

For Mental Health Professionals

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

The Dollars & Sense of Workplace Mental Health

TBD

For Businesspeople and Economic Development Professionals

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner Break

Not provided

Wed 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Summit Schmoozefest!

Laurel Packing House

A trade show-type gathering to meet Summit speakers, learn about nonprofit organizations committed to community mental health, share info about workshop outcomes, and enjoy local entertainers.

Wed 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, November 26, 2020

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration

Laurel Packing House

Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 am

8:00 am - 8:05 am

Welcome & Introductions

Laurel Packing House

Thu 8:00 am - 8:05 am

8:05 am - 8:35 am

From Stereotypes to Superheroes: Harnessing Your Mental Health Superpowers

Sharon BladyLaurel Packing House

BA, BFA, MA, PhD / Speak Up: Mental Health Advocates Inc. / Former Minister of Health and Minister of Healthy Living for Manitoba
Thu 8:05 am - 8:35 am

8:35 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Thu 10:00 am - 10:15 am

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Giant Strides in Connection, Collaboration & Integration (Part 1)

A Breath of Fresh Air in Healing Families From Grief & Loss

Heather Mohan / Alison ShawLaurel Packing House

Heather Mohan RCC, MTA, PhD, Camp Kerry / Alison Shaw PhD, CAC, Flipside Sustainability
Thu 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Integrated Mental Health Care for Children, Youth, & Families (Panel Discussion)

Mark Jones / Christina Camilleri / TBDLaurel Packing House

Mark Jones, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre / Christina Camilleri BASc RD RCC MAL CHE, Healthy Essentials Clinic / TBD, Foundry BC
Thu 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Teamwork For Transgender Mental Health

Tor Broughton / Carrie BroughtonLaurel Packing House

TransParent Okanagan
Thu 10:15 am - 11:30 am

TABLE TALKS

What Have You Learned That Could Serve You Well?

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 10:15 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Giant Strides in Connection, Collaboration & Integration (Part 2)

Intergenerational Efforts to Enhance Seniors Mental Health

Marjorie Horne / Lauren AirthLaurel Packing House

Marjorie Horne CPCA, Seniors' Advocate / Lauren Airth MSN, BSN, RN, UBC Okanagan
Thu 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Mental Health Made Real for Community Partners

Lesley LutesLaurel Packing House

BA, MSc, PhD, UBC Okanagan
Thu 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Sharing & Caring Strategies for People With ADHD

Dan DuncanLaurel Packing House

ADHD Coach, Consultant & Academic Strategist
Thu 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

TABLE TALKS

What Have You Learned About Connection, Collaboration, and Integration That You Could Implement Next Week?

Laurel Packing House

Thu 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Laurel Packing House

Provided for full-Summit and one-day delegates

Thu 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Thank You's & Next Steps

Laurel Packing House

Thu 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

SUBSTANCE USE & HOMELESSNESS: Exploring Compassionate, Collaborative & Integrated Community Solutions

Housing for All: Pioneering a Coordinated & Accessible System of Care

John Graham / TBDLaurel Packing House

(refreshments provided throughout)

John Graham: PhD, RSW, Director, School of Social Work, UBCO, Journey Home Research / TBD, Journey Home Strategy
Thu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Integrated Community Solutions (Panel Discussion)

Sharon Blady / Robert Brooks / TBD / TBD / TBD / TBD / TBDLaurel Packing House

(refreshments provided throughout)

Sharon Blady BA, BFA, MA, PhD, Speak Up: Mental Health Advocates Inc., Former Minister of Health and Minister of Healthy Living for Manitoba / Robert Brooks, BC Schizophrenia Society / TBD, Mental Health Commission of Canada / TBD, Interior Health / TBD, First Nation Health Authority / TBD, City of Kelowna / TBD, Person with Lived Experience
Thu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Substance Use Recovery: Harnessing Multiple Models and Sectors

Guy FelicellaLaurel Packing House

(refreshments provided throughout)

Recovery Advocate to BC Centre on Substance Abuse, Ministry of Mental Health & Addiction, Coastal Health
Thu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

TABLE TALKS

How Can We Best Collaborate for Compassionate and Integrated Solutions?

Laurel Packing House

Input will be recorded, reported out, and distributed to all event attendees and key substance use and homelessness stakeholders.

(refreshments provide throughout)

Thu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm