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 pm

Registration

Laurel Packing House (LPH)

Tue 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

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

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Mental Health 101

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.

First Nations wellness professionals will share mental health challenges, successes, and opportunities from an indigenous perspective.

Tue 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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 9:00 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reach Out Psychosis Tour Band

Laurel Packing House

Want to learn more about psychosis? BC’s unique Reach Out Psychosis Tour Band will perform a sensory-rich, interactive show full of original music, slam poetry, personal stories, and brain science to break down barriers and provide life-saving information for those who may be experiencing psychosis, or know someone who is.

Tue 11:00 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 - 2:00 pm

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

Dr. Trevor HancockLaurel Packing House

We need to recognize that two-thirds of the classic WHO definition of health is about mental and social well-being, not physical well-being. But these are challenging times to maintain mental and social well-being, as mental health problems have become an increasingly heavy burden for the health care system, families, communities, and society as a whole. While there are undoubtedly biological and behavioural factors at work, we must pay more attention to upstream factors such as inadequate support for parenting and early child development, social stressors at school and work, and poverty, inequality, racism, colonialism, and the rising concern with climate change.

Dr. Trevor Hancock, Hon FFPH, Public Health & Social Policy Scholar/University of Victoria, is an internationally recognized public health physician and population health promotion expert. He was a pioneer and leader in the global healthy cities and communities movement, co-founded the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and has been focusing recently on healthy, socially, and ecologically sustainable communities.
Tue 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Laurel Packing House

Tue 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Dr. Trevor HancockLaurel Packing House

We are social animals, and social stressors are bad for our mental and social well-being. So, what would it take to create conditions that enhance rather than harm mental and social well-being? What do we know about creating mentally healthy homes, schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, neighbourhoods, communities, and countries? What would constitute a mentally healthy city, nation, or world, and how do we get there? In this session Dr. Hancock will discuss the range of social, political, environmental, economic, and other changes we must consider if we are to enable and encourage mental well-being and reduce the burden of mental health problems.

Dr. Trevor Hancock, Hon FFPH, Public Health & Social Policy Scholar/University of Victoria, is an internationally recognized public health physician and population health promotion expert. He was a pioneer and leader in the global healthy cities and communities movement, co-founded the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and has been focusing recently on healthy, socially, and ecologically sustainable communities.
Tue 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Tue 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

PANEL DISSCUSSION #1: How Can Various Levels of Government Best Help Build Mentally Healthy Communities? And How Can They Best Collaborate to Expedite Positive Change?

INDIGENOUS GOVERNANCE

TBDLaurel Packing House

Tue 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

TDBLaurel Packing House

Tue 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

PROVINCIAL 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 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY

Dr. Karin GoodisonLaurel Packing House

Medical Health Officer, Interior Health
Tue 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION #2: How Can Your Sector Best Help Build More Mentally Healthy Communities? And How Can You Best Collaborate to Expedite Positive Change?

ACADEMIA

Laurel Packing House

Tue 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

BUSINESS

Laurel Packing House

Tue 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

MENTAL HEALTH

TBDLaurel Packing House

Tue 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

NONPROFITS

Shelagh TurnerLaurel Packing House

Canadian Mental Health Association (Kelowna)
Tue 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

PHILANTHROPY

Al HildebrandtLaurel Packing House

Kelowna Foundation / Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna
Tue 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner Break

Dinner not provided.

Tue 4:45 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

Building a Mental Health Care System in Kuwait

Susannah-Joy SchuilenbergLaurel Packing House

In the fall of 2009, Dr. Schuilenberg, a founding member of the Middle East Psychological Association, and her colleagues proposed building a collaborative model of mental health services delivery. This lofty ideal was a huge hill to climb, but the doing of it changed an entire culture’s attitude toward mental illness, psychological disorders, and treatment. Fostering collaboration, encouraging new ideas, investing in finding common ground, and modelling an unshakeable commitment to creating a client-centered process allowed multiple opportunities to craft a successful treatment outcome. This effort shaped…and is still shaping…public discourse in the Middle East about all things mental health. It could be done here.

Dr. Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg, RPC, MPCC-S, CCTP, DAAETS, ACS, is a psychotherapist with extensive international experience, including seven years in Kuwait. She has earned multiple certifications in the treatment of trauma and psychological wounds, and participated in multiple research studies and projects. Dr. Susannah is passionate about excellence in clinical practice, professional collaboration, and successful therapeutic outcomes.
Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Clearing 'A Pathway to Hope' in BC

Neilane MayhewLaurel Packing House

Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions
Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Global Mental Health & The Effect of UN Sustainable Development Goals

TBDLaurel Packing House

Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Harnessing the Power of Indigenous Partnerships for Systemic Change

TBDLaurel Packing House

Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Motivations & Opportunities For Systemic Change in Canada

TBDLaurel Packing House

Mental Health Commission of Canada
Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

6:30 am - 9:00 pm

Registration

Laurel Packing House

Wed 6:30 am - 9:00 pm

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Welcome & Introductions

Laurel Packing House

Wed 8:00 am - 8:10 am

8:10 am - 10:15 am

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Wed 10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 11:30 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, R.Psych, is a renonwed educator, consultant, speaker, Huffington Post Parent blogger, and author of 'Discipline Without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave Without Messing Them Up' and 'Parenting Right From the Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years.'
Wed 10:45 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

From Stereotypes to Superheroes: Harnessing Your Mental Health Superpowers for Resilience

Sharon BladyLaurel Packing House

Living with a mental health or neurodiversity diagnosis means living with stereotypes and stigma associated with diagnostic labels. It’s difficult enough to live with our conditions without these external burdens placing more weight upon us, where we are defined by how we are deficient from the neurological norm. What if there was a way to reframe and shatter those stereotypes, finding assets that empower us instead? Lived experience, a lifelong love of comic-book superheroes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and peer support came together to give me the tools and perspective to see my neurodiversity as Superpowers that I can manage and harness for better mental health and success. I will share how this assets-based perspective empowers us in our recovery, educates those around us, and helps end stigma by providing a framework of hope and compassion utilizing existing clinical and therapeutic tools.

BA, BFA, MA, PhD / Speak Up: Mental Health Advocates Inc. / Former Minister of Health and Minister of Healthy Living for Manitoba
Wed 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

Laurel Packing House

Provided for full-Summit and one-day delegates

Wed 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cultural Considerations for Mentally Healthy Communities

Fostering a Community Culture of Compassion

Laurence EastLaurel Packing House

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

Honouring Multiple Generations in the Move Toward Community Mental Health

TBDLaurel Packing House

Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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
Wed 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Using Culture as a Tool for Healing Indigenous Mental Health Challenges

Metis Nation of BCLaurel Packing House

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, Successes, & Opportunities for Specific Interest Groups

Designing For Mental Health at the Community Scale

TBD

For community leaders, planners, and builders

Moderated by Gord Lovegrove, PhD, UBC Okanagan

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Improving Communication & Collaboration Across Mental Health Care Providers in the Okanagan

TBD

For mental health professionals, providers, facility operators, NGO supporters, etc.

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Informing & Inspiring Mental Health Professionals

TBD

For psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, therapists, etc.

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Integrating The Dollars & Sense of Workplace Mental Health

TBD

For HR professionals, owners, managers, employees, and economic development professionals

(refreshments in each room)

Wed 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Zooming in on Youth Mental Health Trials, Triumphs, & Prospects

TBD

For youth, parents, educators, and related 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 - 12:00 pm

Registration

Laurel Packing House

Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

8:00 am - 8:05 am

Welcome & Introductions

Laurel Packing House

Thu 8:00 am - 8:05 am

8:05 am - 9:15 am

Vital Takeaways From Breakout Groups (presented by professionals who attended the following breakouts)

Takeaway From Designing For Mental Health at the Community Scale

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 8:05 am - 9:15 am

Takeaway From Improving Communication & Collaboration Across Mental Health Providers in the Okanagan

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 8:05 am - 9:15 am

Takeaway From Inspiring & Connecting Mental Health Professionals

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 8:05 am - 9:15 am

Takeaway From Integrating the Dollars & Sense of Workplace Mental Health

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 8:05 am - 9:15 am

Takeaway From Zooming in on Youth Mental Health Trials, Triumphs & Prospects

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 8:05 am - 9:15 am

TABLE TALKS

What Insights and/or Ideas Run Through All Takeaways

Laurel Packing House

Thu 8:05 am - 9:15 am

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Thu 9:15 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

Laurel Packing House

Thu 10:45 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Giant Strides in Connection, Collaboration & Integration

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 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Sharing & Caring Strategies for People With ADHD

Dan DuncanLaurel Packing House

ADHD Coach, Consultant & Academic Strategist
Thu 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Teamwork For Transgender Mental Health

Tor Broughton / Carrie BroughtonLaurel Packing House

TransParent Okanagan
Thu 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

TABLE TALKS

What Have You Learned That Could Serve Your Community Well?

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

Laurel Packing House

Provided for full-Summit and one-day delegates

Thu 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Leading-Edge Brain Research & Treatments For Addiction

TBDLaurel Packing House

Thu 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

1:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Integrated Solutions For Substance Use & Homelessness

A Compelling Substance Use Recovery Story: Harnessing Multiple Models & Sectors

Guy FelicellaLaurel Packing House

What are your first thoughts when you hear overdose crisis? Usually when we hear words like “addict” and “overdose death” our mind goes to the drug users who struggle with homelessness, poverty and mental illness. But the overdose crisis is affecting users from all walks of life, all incomes, all neighborhoods, all ages. Safe supply is one option to consider and Guy will educate on the benefits of a safe supply program, the importance of harm reduction, and why recovery isn’t just about abstinence; it’s about changing the risks associating with using drugs as a first step into recovery.

Guy Felicella spent years in the grips of addiction and now dedicates his career and personal passion to advocating for harm reduction, and removing the stigma against addiction and substance users. Guy is pushing barriers to address the current overdose crisis, and the truth behind the toxic drug supply.

(refreshments provided throughout)

Recovery Advocate to BC Centre on Substance Abuse, Ministry of Mental Health & Addiction, Coastal Health
Thu 1:45 pm - 4:30 pm

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 1:45 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, Local Government / TBD, Okanagan Nation Alliance / TBD, Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions / TBD, Person with Lived Experience
Thu 1:45 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 1:45 pm - 4:30 pm