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     The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

Our Mission                                                      What We Do

To engage and support Ontario colleges and                       CICMH is working with its partners and stakeholders to:
universities in their commitment to student mental
health and well-being.                                            1) Build the knowledge and skills of front-line staff and
                                                                      student leaders in post-secondary institutions to
                                                                      increase their capacity to address the mental health
Our Vision
                                                                      needs of students.

Mental health and well-being across Ontario’s                     2) Foster innovation in collaboration that promotes
post-secondary campuses.                                              systemic responses in the post-secondary system
                                                                      to address the mental health needs of students.

                                                                  3) Develop strategic partnerships to leverage external
                                                                      knowledge, resources and relationships that address
                                                                      the needs the mental health needs of students.

Who We Serve

CICMH’s stakeholders include Ontario’s post-secondary mental health service providers and partners, specifically,
student services, counselling, accessibility, health, faculty, administration, student leaders and community partners.

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Masters of Ceremonies
     Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Julia Pereira                                                    Jason Baryluk
PRESIDENT, Ontario Undergraduate                                 GENERAL MANAGER,
Student Alliance (OUSA)                                          College Student Alliance (CSA)

Julia Pereira recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor        Jason Baryluk is the General Manager for the College
of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies and       Student Alliance (CSA).
is currently serving as the Vice President: University Affairs
of Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union and as the         Prior to joining CSA Jason held positions at Queen's
President of OUSA. Throughout her undergrad, she held            Park, Parliament Hill, and the US Department of State.
various leadership roles within Laurier, but found her true      Jason brings a wealth of advocacy experience to CSA
passion for student advocacy through the University Affairs      having worked on many issues campaigns, elections, and
department at the Students’ Union. Julia is passionate           government relations projects.
about strengthening relationships between university
students and the communities they live and study within.         The campaign he is most proud of is M-174, National
Particularly in the context of COVID-19, Julia’s priorities      Suicide Prevention Action Plan. This campaign involved
as a student leader include increasing student financial         media relations and outreach to diverse stakeholders and
aid, supporting student mental health, ensuring access to        communities across Canada. The campaign was a success
quality online education, and racial equity.                     and passed unanimously in Canada's 42nd Parliament.

                                                                 Jason holds a Liberal Arts Degree from York University, and
                                                                 a Post-Graduate Certificate in Government Relations from
                                                                 Seneca College.

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Opening Ceremonies
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

                    Marija Padjen
                    DIRECTOR, Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

                    Marija Padjen has been the Director for the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health
                    since the summer of 2017. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and a BSW and MSW from
                    York University. She began her career as a front-line social worker before turning her skills to
                    program development and management. She is very passionate about campus mental health
                    and enhancing the capacity of Ontario’s college and university support mental well-being.

                    Camille Quenneville
                    CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

                    Camille Quenneville is the CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division.
                    Before joining CMHA Ontario, Camille channeled her passion for mental health care in
                    senior leadership roles in the educational, governmental and children’s mental health
                    sectors. She served as Director of Policy and Communications at Children’s Mental Health
                    Ontario (2005-2012), Chief of Staff to Ontario’s first Minister of Children and Youth Services
                    (2003-2005), and Director of Policy at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (1998-
                    2003). Camille is an alumnus of the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto.

                    The Honourable Michael Tibollo
                    Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

                    For over 30 years, Michael Tibollo has been a strong advocate for the people of Vaughan-
                    Woodbridge. Among his many accomplishments, Tibollo is a distinguished lawyer with over 30
                    years of experience.
                    Prior to taking office, Minister Tibollo volunteered as a certified addictions counsellor, and advocated
                    for Caritas - a residential therapeutic community seeking to provide high-quality care for those living
                    with mental health and addictions challenges.
                    Minister Tibollo proudly serves the people of Ontario in his role as the province’s first Associate
                    Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and is looking forward to creating a connected system of
                    care with comprehensive wraparound services, so that every Ontarian can be fully supported in their
                    journey towards mental wellness.
                    Always eager to pursue his passion for learning, Minister Tibollo is currently pursuing his PhD in
                    Clinical Psychology with a focus on Addictions and Concurrent Disorders, through the University of
                    Southern California. Minister Tibollo is also fluent in five languages, including English, French, Italian,
                    German, and Spanish.

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Time                     Activity                                                       Location          Page

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.    Welcome | Join Networking Sessions | Connect with              Breakout Rooms     N/A
                         Attendees | Visit Exhibit Booths & Poster Presentations

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.    OPENING CEREMONIES                                             Plenary Room       N/A

                         Welcome Address
                         Julia Pereira and Jason Baryluk, Masters of Ceremonies

                         Opening Remarks
                         Marija Padjen, Director CICMH
                         Camille Quenneville, CEO, CMHA Ontario

                         Special Guest Speaker
                         The Honourable Michael Tibollo,
                         Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   KEYNOTE ADDRESS                                                Plenary Room        7

                         Francoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC. RP.
                         Executive Director, TEND

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Health Break | Join a Guided Imagery Session |                  Breakout Rooms     N/A
                         Visit Exhibit Booths | Visit Poster Presentations

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS                                                                 8

                            A1          Top Ten Ways to Rock the Rainbow                Breakout Room 1     9

                            A2          Elevating the Youth Voice During                Breakout Room 2     9
                                        COVID-19 and Beyond

                            A3          Harm Reduction During COVID-19                  Breakout Room 3    10

                            A4          Integrating Undergraduate Students’ Voices in   Breakout Room 4    11
                                        Campus Mental Health Promotion Strategies

                            A5          University of Waterloo's Undergraduate          Breakout Room 5    11
                                        Course on Mental Health Literacy

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break | Connect With Attendees |                           Breakout Rooms     N/A
                         Visit Exhibit Booths | Visit Poster Presentations

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Time                    Activity                                                              Location             Page

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   CONCURRENT SESSIONS                                                                           12

                           B1          Soins de Santé Mentale Virtuelle sur les Campus        Breakout Room 1         13

                           B2          Going Beyond the Status Quo to Reach                   Breakout Room 2         13
                                       Underserved Students

                           B3          Campus Mental Health in Times of COVID-19              Breakout Room 3         14
                                       Pandemic: Evolving Needs and Emerging
                                       Resources for Accessible, Effective and
                                       Culturally Responsive Supports

                           B4          Embedding Youth Voice in the                           Breakout Room 4         15
                                       Mental Health System

                           B5          We’re in this Together: Promoting Health               Breakout Room 5         16
                                       Virtually through COVID-19

                           B6          ASD Friends Group: Support Group for                   Breakout Room 6         17
                                       Individuals on the Spectrum

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Health Break | Join a Yoga Session |                                  Breakout Rooms         N/A
                        Visit Exhibitor Booths | Visit Poster Presentations

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   CONCURRENT SESSIONS                                                                           17

                           C1          Promoting the RISE to Success and Well-being           Breakout Room 1         18

                           C2          Supporting Wellness Efforts by                         Breakout Room 2         18
                                       Implementation of a New National Standard

                           C3          S.O.B. (Sense of Belonging) Stories: Navigating        Breakout Room 3         19
                                       Student Belonging through Podcasts

                           C4          Integrated Approach to Implementation                  Breakout Room 4         20
                                       of a Virtual Wellness Hub and Series

                           C5          Thriving in Action at College – Considerations for     Breakout Room 5         21
                                       Availability, Access Points and Student Buy-in

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.   CLOSING CEREMONIES                                                    Plenary Room           N/A

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Keynote Address
     Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC                                  Françoise is a TedX speaker and is one of the founding
Compassion Fatigue Specialist,                                      members of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium. She
Executive Director, TEND                                            is also the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook”
                                                                    which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several
                                                                    articles and publications.


                                                                    Advanced Tools from a Trauma Expert:
                                                                    Managing Secondary Trauma, Moral
                                                                    Distress & Empathic Strain During
                                                                    times of Crisis

                                                                    Repeated and chronic exposure to large volumes of difficult
                                                                    stories can erode our sense of empathy for others. We
                                                                    can become hardened and desensitized to suffering – or
                                                                    conversely, we can become swallowed up by their pain.
                                                                    With the added pressure of the current pandemic, limited
                                                                    resources, “red tape" and working mostly from home, our
                                                                    ability to remain grounded and compassionate is being
                                                                    tested unlike ever before.

Françoise is Executive Director of TEND, whose aim is to            Inspired by Françoise Mathieu’s TEDX Talk, this presentation
offer consulting and training to professionals on topics related    explores the concept of exquisite empathy and provides
to secondary trauma, empathic strain, burnout, self-care,           evidence-informed tools to help individuals rapidly return to
wellness and organizational health. Françoise is a Registered       a healthy baseline during times of crisis.
Psychotherapist and a subject matter expert on topics
related to compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. Before           1) What are your risk factors? The intersection of
becoming a specialist on stress and trauma, Françoise worked             secondary trauma, empathic strain and overload
as a mental health provider doing both crisis management
and employee support. She worked at Queens University for            2) Exquisite Empathy: What is the sweet spot
7 years and also worked for a decade with military personnel,            between caring too much and not caring at all?
college students, law enforcement and other community
mental health professionals in need of psychological support.        3) COVID-19: An amplifying risk factor

This program has grown in size and scope since its early             4) Strategies for transforming empathic strain and
inception and TEND is now present across North America                   secondary trauma at work and at home
offering training and consulting to a wide variety of workplaces.
Françoise has worked with the University of Southern
California, the Los Angeles Police, Cirque du Soleil, the Chief
Coroner’s Office and many other organizations who do high
stress exposed work.

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Top Ten Ways to Rock the Rainbow                                Elevating the Youth Voice During
                                                                COVID-19 and Beyond
Students from all backgrounds who identify as part of the
2SLGBTQ+ community face the stressors of marginalization,       At, they know that young people’s experiences
in addition to the common stressors of university life.         as students afford them expertise and unique knowledge
Studies report proportionately higher incidences of anxiety,    about mental health systems. It’s part of the reason why
depression, PTSD, substance use and suicidality in this         they develop their annual Youth Voice Report, a tool that
population. Thankfully, feelings of connection, caring and      assesses the state of youth mental health in Canada,
safety are protective factors that can improve the health and   with their young leaders’ perspectives at its centre.
well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ students.                                When COVID-19 emerged in Canada in February 2020,
                                                                it revealed existing and new gaps and opportunities in
We can all do something to become more "queer                   Canada’s mental health systems. During this workshop,
competent" to improve the wellness and campus                   the presenters will be discussing key findings from
experience of 2SLGBTQ+ students and staff. In this    ’s Youth Voice Report and youth engagement
workshop, participants will learn ten ways to improve           work during COVID-19 that have brought to light the
inclusion for 2SLGBTQ+ people. They will have the               challenges and opportunities for youth mental health
opportunity to learn new terminology, to challenge their        in Canada during this global crisis. They’ll also discuss
cis- and hetero-normative assumptions and to hear               youth engagement through the lens of participants’ own
personal and organizational stories. Resources will also        campus communities and brainstorm potential strategies,
be provided for further reference.                              barriers, and resources in collaborating with students and
                                                                engaging their voices in this work, so that participants
                                                                have tools to strategize for youth mental health during
PRESENTERS                                                      COVID-19 and beyond.
Declan Frampton & Bonnie Pedota
Ontario Tech University
Declan Frampton, BSc., is currently the Equity and              Tammy Rosner & Sope Owoaje
Inclusivity Advisor at Ontario Tech University. In this role,
they support students that have experienced discrimination.
They also develop and implement programming related to          Tammy Rosner is the Evaluation Lead at, working
equity and inclusion. Declan also volunteers with Distress      to better understand the effectiveness of’s
Centre Durham as a helpline responder, and with Camp Ten        programs—what’s working, what isn’t, and what needs
Oaks working with queer youth.                                  changing—-and communicating those findings to
                                                                young leaders, staff, and stakeholders. Tammy completed
Bonne Pedota, B.A., B.Ed., is the Student Wellness              her MA in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo
Coordinator at Ontario Tech University and a passionate         and her PhD in cognitive psychology (studying memory
mental health advocate. She has worked in a variety             and attention) at McMaster University. Before joining the
of community mental health roles with CMHA - York      team, she worked at the University of Toronto
Region and Durham Mental Health Services. Since 2016,           as the Data Analyst for Course Evaluations. She’s also
Bonnie has been collaborating with colleagues to improve        volunteered with Camp Erin Toronto every summer since
2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, sharing her enthusiasm at local and         2013, a weekend camp that brings together youth of all
national conferences.                                           ages who are grieving the death of a loved one.

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Sope Owoaje lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut and was born
in Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently in her 4th year of a             Harm Reduction During COVID-19
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and hopes to continue
onto public health advocacy. Her passion for mental health           Post-secondary institutions across the country switched to
and raising awareness stems from seeing loved ones                   delivering online classes and employed physical distancing
struggle with their mental health in an environment with             measures to protect students from the spread of COVID-19,
little resources/support for mental health. Sope is a Jacks          but these measures had deleterious effects on secondary
Talk Speaker and NU chapter lead. As a network              health outcomes (e.g. mental health outcomes) that also
representative for Nunavut, she hopes to bring more                  needed to be addressed and promoted. For example,
awareness to that lack of culturally relevant resources and          early research showed that physical distancing increased
continue to break the silence on suicide in her community.           substance use behaviour among young people. This was
                                                                     compounded by the fact that harm reduction resource
                                                                     capacity was decreased, a lack of clarity around harm
                                                                     reduction best practice, and a change in specific substance
                                                                     use risk in light of COVID-19 (with some substances that
                                                                     affect the respiratory system higher risk). The University of
                                                                     Toronto addressed these concerns by building out resources
                                                                     that provided:

                                                                      1) Clear harm reduction advice that respected
                                                                         physical distancing

                                                                      2) A method of monitoring substance use behaviour to
                                                                         gauge when use becomes misuse, abuse, or addiction

                                                                      3) Connections to off-campus trainings and resources

                                                                     Swati Naidu & Pratik Nair
                                                                     University of Toronto

                                                                     Swati Naidu is part of the HPP team and serves as the
                                                                     Health Promotion Programs Assistant. She supports
                                                                     the Health Education Coordinators in the delivery and
                                                                     coordination of health promotion programming to
                                                                     University of Toronto students, faculty and staff.

                                                                     Pratik Nair is a health promoter at Health & Wellness
                                                                     at the University of Toronto, St George Campus. In this
                                                                     capacity, he supports programs, communications, and
                                                                     policy that protect, support, and promote student health.

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Integrating Undergraduate Students’                             University of Waterloo's Undergraduate
Voices in Campus Mental Health                                  Course on Mental Health Literacy
Promotion Strategies
                                                                In Winter 2020, the University of Waterloo launched its
Post-secondary institutions are an ideal setting to promote     first undergraduate course on Mental Health Literacy so
the optimal mental health and well-being of this population.    that students could earn a credit for learning about mental
Yet, students are often excluded from institutional needs       health self-care and support for others. In this session, the
assessments, making it difficult to determine if the services   presenters describe the design and evaluation of AHS 105:
offered on-campus truly align with students’ needs. This        Mental Health Literacy which is offered through the Faculty
interactive workshop presents the findings of a qualitative     of Applied Health Sciences and available to undergraduate
study conducted at the University of Guelph from nearly 40      students in all six Faculties. In AHS 105, students designed,
participants. Results explore how post-secondary students’      implemented, and evaluated their own Personal Mental
perceptions of factors contributing to stress compare to        Wellness Plan. Working in small groups, students designed
the views of staff who provide services for students at the     and implemented a project aimed at addressing one aspect
institution. Findings will emphasize the student perspective    of mental health in their campus community. With ethics
in identifying facilitators and barriers to current service     approval, the presenters conducted a study measuring
provision and will present on strategies suggested to better    indicators of students’ mental health literacy (e.g., attitudes
meet students’ mental health needs on campus.                   toward help-seeking) at the start and end of the course
                                                                (N = 37). They will report their findings along with student
                                                                feedback on University of Waterloo’s first mental health
PRESENTER                                                       literacy course for credit.
Konrad Lisnyj
University of Guelph
Konrad Lisnyj is a PhD candidate in the Department of           Ryan Yeung & Dr. Christine Zaza
Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. He is          University of Waterloo
predominantly interested in optimizing student wellness,
mental health promotion, applied health research to             Ryan Yeung is a second-year PhD candidate in Psychology
bridge research and practice, and evidence-informed             (Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of Waterloo. His
decision making.                                                research focuses on recurrent and emotional memories,
                                                                the cognitive mechanisms underlying them, and their links
                                                                to mental health status. He enjoys getting the opportunity
                                                                to apply his research background by empirically evaluating
                                                                programs related to mental health.

                                                                Dr. Christine Zaza is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied
                                                                Health Sciences and works with the Centre for Teaching
                                                                Excellence, University of Waterloo. Her areas of expertise
                                                                include accessibility and universal design for learning. Dr.
                                                                Zaza proposed, designed, and taught University of Waterloo’s
                                                                undergraduate course on mental health literacy so students
                                                                could earn a credit for learning to care for their mental health.

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                                                                    needs of underserved students in our campus communities
Soins de santé mentale                                              through a lens of cultural humility. Drawing on Ramsey
virtuelle sur les campus                                            and Latting’s (2005) typology of intergroup competencies,
                                                                    Martinez-Cola’s (2020) conception of White mentors in the
Le COVID-19 a eu un impact notable sur la prestation de             academy, and French et al.’s (2020) framework of radical
services de santé mentale en personne à travers le Canada.          healing in communities of colour, workshop participants will
Afin de continuer à répondre aux besoins des étudiants,             identify their purpose for engaging these students in their
l'Université McGill s'est rapidement tournée vers la prestation     mental health program or service – reactive, proactive, or
de soins à distance aux étudiants. Plus récemment, McGill a         evaluative – and develop tangible next steps that promote
commencé à offrir un modèle hybride de prestation de services       positive student mental health through cultural safety.
qui comprend une combinaison de services en personne et à
distance fournis par le biais de programmes individuels (rendez-
vous avec un.e et de groupe. Cet atelier offrira un   PRESENTERS
survol des services à distance et en personne ainsi que des         Samira Adus, Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins
processus mis en place afin de promouvoir une adaptation            & Yuelee Khoo
rapide aux directives de santé publique qui sont fréquemment        Western University
mises à jour en réponse à l'évolution de la pandemie.
                                                                    Samira Adus graduated from UWO’s Medical Sciences
                                                                    program with a double major in Physiology and
PRÉSENTATEUR                                                        Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences. Throughout her
Giovanni Arcuri & Dr. Patricia Poulin                               undergraduate degree she has been involved in equity-
Université McGill                                                   based work within the University Students' Council
                                                                    and within the broader London community. Samira is
Giovanni Arcuri, MSc, OT, Directeur associé | Pôle bien-            also passionate about mental health and has previously
être étudiant à l’unversité McGill Chargé de cours | Faculté de     worked within the WEC at Western University.
médecine, Faculté de physiothérapie et d’ergothérapie
                                                                    Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins is the Acting Associate Director,
Dr. Patricia Poulin est Directice Associée - Soins Collaboratifs    Graduate Programs at Western University (UWO)’s Centre
au sein du Pôle Bien-Etre à l'Université McGill. Psychologue        for Teaching and Learning. In 2016, she led the creation
de formation (Ontario), elle travaille a avancer la collaboration   and development of UWO's Wellness Education Centre
interprofessional est les modèles novateurs de soins par palliers   (WEC) into a student-led wellness education innovation
pour mieux réspondre au besoin de la clientèle étudiante.           hub, teaching evidence-based strategies to improve the
                                                                    mental health and wellness of the campus community.

    B2                                                              Yuelee (Ben) Khoo graduated from UWO with an Honours
                                                                    BSc in Psychology. He is passionate about mental health,
Going Beyond the Status Quo to                                      especially that of Canadian immigrants and newcomers. At
Reach Underserved Students                                          UWO, he worked within the WEC to organize multi-lingual
                                                                    programming helping Chinese International Students
What happens when we realize that doing what we’ve                  access wellness resources. At YMCA Toronto, he also
always done prevents us from reaching the people who                worked as an Information Referral Specialist, helping
really need help? In this workshop, learn how to take a             newcomers from diverse backgrounds settle.
students-as-partners approach to meeting the mental health

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Campus Mental Health in Times of
COVID-19 Pandemic: Evolving Needs and
Emerging Resources for Accessible,
Effective and Culturally Responsive Supports:
Insights from a National Survey

COVID-19 pandemic, amidst significant disruptions across                Dr. Tayyab Rashid, Using a culturally contextualized
the globe, has also exacerbated the already compromised                 strengths-based approach, Dr. Rashid has worked on
mental health of students at Post-Secondary Institutes (PSIs).          complex mental health issues of student in post-secondary
The Campus Mental Health, Community of Practice--a group                settings as well as with 9/11 families, survivors of Asian
of the Canadian Association of College and Universities                 Tsunami (2004) and mass shootings, refugee families,
Student Services (CACUSS), has been surveying evolving                  and journalists reporting from the front lines. Recipient of
needs and trends in campus mental health for the last three             the Outstanding Practitioner Award from the International
years. In April 2020, the survey was modified to reflect                Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Dr. Rashid has
COVID-19 realities. More than 60 PSIs, at least two from                trained professionals internationally. Co-chair of Campus
each of the ten Canadian provinces, including territories and           Mental Health (CACUSS) and Director of Practice,
colleges (24%), participated in this survey. The presentation           International Positive Psychology Association, Dr. Rashid’s
will share keys findings of the survey. Integrating data,               work has been published in textbooks of psychiatry and
collected during two different phases of the pandemic, the              psychotherapy. His book, Positive Psychotherapy, with Dr.
presentation will discuss specific mental health concerns,              Martin Seligman, has been translated into several languages.
clinical, technological, administrative, and ethical challenges
of virtually-delivered services. Issues related to staff burnout,       Dr. Lina Di Genova is the Director of Strategy, Assessment
access and inclusion and mental health inequities will also be          and Evaluation in Student Services at McGill University,
highlighted. The presentation also includes brief presentations         Canada. Lina has over fifteen years’ experience in
from there students who will share their perspective on                 organisational performance metrics and is a co-founder of
COVID-19 and its impact on mental health.                               the Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Education:
                                                                        Making a Positive Impact on Student Mental Health. Lina
A comprehensive report which includes key findings,                     is immediate past co-chair of the Campus Mental Health
recommendations synthesized from participants and                       community of practice with the Canadian Association of
emerging relevant research, illustrations of campus related             College and University Student Services. She is a licensed
COVID-19 resources, ethical guidelines for remote and                   organizational psychologist and accredited change
virtual practice, evidence-based and free apps to support               management practitioner.
accessible, effective and culturally responsive mental health
on PSIs will be shared with participants.                               Lina has led monitoring and evaluation of student affairs
                                                                        programs on topics ranging from orientation to academic
                                                                        advising, student involvement, wellness and alumni
PRESENTERS                                                              outcomes. Before joining Student Services, Lina worked
Tayyab Rashid / University of Toronto Scarborough                       in University Institutional Planning on national assessment
Lina Di Genova / McGill University                                      initiatives, such as the National Survey of Student
Zachary Zarowsky & Jing Yi Huang /                                      Engagement benchmarking programme for the Canadian
University of Toronto Scarborough                                       U15 Data Exchange and graduate education issues.

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Embedding Youth Voice in the
Mental Health System

Youth engagement is an active ongoing process that            PRESENTERS
empowers young people as valuable partners in addressing      Rafael Lim Daunt & Kamill Santafe
and making decisions that affect them personally and/or       The Ontario Centre of Excellence for
that they believe to be important. Within the mental health   Child and Youth Mental Health
and education sector, youth engagement improves the care
experience of young people by using a whole community         Rafael Lim Daunt (He/They) is a Toronto-based
approach and an active ongoing process that embeds            community worker, artist and workshop facilitator focused
youth voice at all levels.                                    on community wellness and collaboration, promoting
                                                              resource sharing and harm reduction. Rafael is a member
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth          of the Centre’s youth advisory council and supports
Mental Health (the Centre) has supported child and            system lens initiatives by leveraging youth voices.
youth mental health (CYMH) agencies and communities
in Ontario to imbed youth voice into the CYMH system          Kamill Santafe (They/them), is a human rights activist
not only to improve care but also to increase youth           at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth
engagement opportunities and for contributing to lifelong     Mental Health. Kamill is a Youth Advisor who supports
mental health.                                                agencies and communities across Ontario with their youth
                                                              engagement efforts and initiatives.
The Centre’s youth advisory council co-developed a
resource (in the form of a youth engagement traffic light)
which provides examples about how to engage young
people in the mental health system.

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We’re in this Together: Promoting
Health Virtually through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on new challenges                 Pratik Nair is a Health Promoter at the University of
for post-secondary institutions. Many shifted in-                   Toronto. In this capacity, he supports the Health &
person classes to online learning and introduced                    Wellness team develop programs, communications, and
physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of               policies to support, protect, and promote student health.
COVID-19. However, these same measures may have
negative effects on mental health outcomes, including               Kasthuri Paramalingam is a Health Education
increased isolation and challenges to accessing                     Coordinator with the Health Promotion Programs (HPP)
traditional mental health services. In this environment,            team at University of Toronto’s Health & Wellness
the role of virtual mental health promotion (building               Department. The team enhances students’ health and
community connection, developing capacity for                       well-being by providing health education and working
support, and promoting on- and off- campus services)                with various partners to develop and implement health
becomes critically important for student well-being. This           promotion programming that builds community and
60-minute presentation will outline the steps taken for             institutional capacity.
the development of new initiatives at the University of
Toronto St. George campus, including virtual well-being
workshops, mental health webinars, and a novel peer-
to-peer community support group. The presenters will
cover learnings, tips for success, and address common
concerns that many institutions face when transitioning
health promotion programs online.

Agnes Hsin, Pratik Nair & Kasthuri
University of Toronto

Agnes Hsin is a Health Education Coordinator with the
Health Promotion Programs (HPP) team at University
of Toronto’s Health & Wellness Department. The team
enhances students’ health and well-being by providing
health education and working with various partners to
develop and implement health promotion programming
that builds community and institutional capacity.

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     B1 - B6


ASD Friends Group: Support Group for
Individuals on the Spectrum

In this workshop, the presenters will take participants
on a journey to discuss, how their support group began,
strategies and techniques that they found useful to
ensure their group was both a welcoming and supportive
environment for all to attend. They will highlight how their
ASD Friends group is a collaborative group with both the
facilitators and participants. They will also discuss how
their group pivoted from a weekly in-person model to
a virtual model during the pandemic of COVID-19. The
group’s curriculum is based on the evidenced-based UCLA
Peers Program, specifically designed for individuals on the
spectrum. Both facilitators are certified as the Youth Adult
Certified Providers from the UCLA Peers Program.

Lavlet Forde & Joanna Popczyk
George Brown College

Lavlet Forde is a Counsellor (Registered Psychotherapist)
at George Brown College, she has been working at GBC
for the past 12 years. Lavlet has a Master of Arts in
Counselling and prior to working at GBC she worked as a
family therapist in children’s mental health.

Joanna Popczyk is a Learning Strategist at George
Brown College, prior to working at GBC she also worked
at Seneca College as a Learning Strategist. Joanna
competed her Master of Arts at University of Toronto.

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       C1 - C5
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     C1 - C5

   C1                                                              C2

Promoting the RISE to Success                                  Supporting Wellness Efforts by
and Well-being                                                 Implementation of a New National Standard

Imagine a campus where everyone feels safe and a part of       The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in
a community, especially those who face multiple barriers.      collaboration with CSA Group (a global leader in standards
This interactive workshop, designed for anyone who is          development), has championed the development of the
student-facing will give you the tips and tools to create      National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being
safe, equitable and inclusive spaces for students to share     for Post-Secondary Students. This voluntary Standard is the
their voice and to feel like they are part of a community.     first of its kind in the world; it builds on the exceptional work
                                                               of Canada's post-secondary institutions and seeks to inspire
                                                               further actions through principle-led approaches. The MHCC
PRESENTER                                                      has also designed a Starter Kit to support post-secondary
Shauna Moore                                                   institutions as they begin aligning with the Standard.
Durham College
                                                               This session will be useful to those who are considering
Shauna Moore is a Student Success Coach in the Office          aligning their efforts with the Standard, with a special focus
of Student Diversity at Durham College. She developed          on the impacts the global pandemic has had on students
the RISE Program, designed to reach students who face          and post-secondary institutions. Participants will learn:
multiple barriers that prevent them from considering a
post-secondary education. She has 11 years of experience        1) what the Standard is and why it was developed,
supporting students living with mild intellectual and severe
learning disabilities in the classroom and equipping them to    2) how institutions can build momentum by using a
find meaningful employment.                                         new Starter Kit, and

                                                                3) examples of how institutions are adapting their
                                                                    approaches to support student mental health
                                                                    during COVID-19 and beyond.

                                                               In a rapidly changing world, where uncertainty can increase
                                                               risks to mental health, this new national Standard for
                                                               Canada provides an opportunity for institutions to continue
                                                               to prioritize wellness and to improve access to resources
                                                               that promote mental health.

                                                               Sandra Koppert & Amy Fogarty / Mental Health
                                                               Commission of Canada
                                                               Gaya Arasaratnam / Concordia University
                                                               Kalin McCluskey / Canadian Alliance of
                                                               Student Associations
                                                               Allison Hallman / Mohawk College

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Sandra Koppert, Director, Programs and Priorities at the                and to convey a message that social adversity in student
Mental Health Commission of Canada, has extensive                       experience is common and transient.
experience in strategic planning, outreach and promotion, and
stakeholder relations within the national non-profit health sector.     The presenters will share their experience of planning,
For more than six years at MHCC, Sandra has developed                   implementation and evaluation of this community
strategies and led projects to promote awareness and facilitate         intervention and discuss strategies for student
action for psychological health and safety in workplaces across         engagement on social media.
Canada. Sandra is now overseeing MHCC’s leadership in
the development and promotion of a National Standard of
Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students.            PRESENTERS
                                                                        Victoria Dickson, Laura McMaster
Amy Fogarty, Manager, Programs and Priorities at the                    & Marina Morgenshtern
Mental Health Commission of Canada, oversees several                    Trent University
key initiatives including the National Standard for Canada
on Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary                      Victoria Dickson is a recent graduate of Trent University’s
Students, as well as work related to child and youth,                   Bachelor of Social Work program. She credits her
justice and chronic diseases. Amy’s passion for workplace               involvement in this project as the catalyst for developing
wellness and mental health led her to the Commission in                 her own sense of belonging on the university’s campus.
2016, where she spent several years promoting training                  She is a co-founder of the S.O.B. Stories podcast project.
programs including The Working Mind, The Inquiring Mind
and Mental Health First Aid.                                            Laura McMaster holds a BSW from Trent University. She
                                                                        has always been passionate about her community and
                                                                        finding different ways to be involved. This project allowed
     C3                                                                 her to have her university experience normalized through
                                                                        other peoples’ stories. She is a co-founder of the S.O.B.
S.O.B. (Sense of Belonging) Stories:                                    Stories podcast project.
Navigating Student Belonging
through Podcasts                                                        Dr. Marina Morgenshtern is an Assistant Professor in
                                                                        the Department of Social Work, Trent University. She
Developing a sense of community and belonging is                        is interested in finding ways to facilitate inclusivity and
essential for university students and has been linked to                respect of differences on university campuses and
students’ positive self-esteem, physical and psychological              is committed to the inclusion of student voice and
health and well-being and academic success. In a research               experience in creating institutional culture of a strong and
study conducted at a small Canadian university, students                inclusive community in academia.
emphasized the importance of creating a welcoming space
for diversity and promoting experiences of recognition,
validation, and engagement by peers and faculty as
essential strategies for sense of belonging development.

Following the study, a student group created a space to
share students’ stories of belonging. A monthly podcast,
called S.O.B. Stories, was developed to promote a range
of student voices, to normalize individual experiences,

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Integrated Approach to Implementation
 of a Virtual Wellness Hub and Series

Since launching the Mental Health and Wellness website in
2016, University of Ottawa has been building an integrated           April MacInnes, MHSc, B.A. (Hons), Senior Mental Health
collaborative approach, “moving towards a culture of wellness”.      Advisor, Wellness and Recreation Sector, Student Life,
COVID-19 pushed universities across the world to offer their         University of Ottawa
academics virtually. To support learning and community
activities beyond the classroom, in March 2020 the University        Sylvie Marko, B.Sc., Health Promotion Specialist, Wellness
of Ottawa launched the Virtual Wellness Series, offered by           and Recreation Sector, Student Life, University of Ottawa
partner stakeholders from the University of Ottawa community
and beyond. Tied into our 7 pillars of wellness, the series offers   Colin Timm, Assistant Director, Campus Recreation and
diverse virtual events and opportunities for the University of       Facility Development, Wellness and Recreation Sector
Ottawa community and the public to stay connected and                Student Life, University of Ottawa
engaged while physical distancing. Participants joined from
every continent except Antarctica! Next step was its evolution
into the Virtual Wellness Hub. This workshop explores their
strategy, successes and challenges, while giving attendees
the opportunity to experience the Virtual Wellness Hub and
consider how to apply the learnings in their institutions.

Jennifer Keays, Benoit Lefebvre, April MacInnes,
Sylvie Marko & Colin Timm
University of Ottawa

Jennifer Keays, MPH, B.Sc., Health Promotion
Specialist, Wellness and Recreation Sector, Student Life,
University of Ottawa

Benoit Lefebvre, R. Kin, CDMP, Wellness and Return
to Work Advisor, Health and Wellness Sector, Human
Resources, University of Ottawa

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Thriving in Action at College –
Considerations for Availability, Access
Points and Student Buy-in

Georgian and Sheridan Colleges team up to share lessons
learned from piloting Thriving in Action, an integrated
wellness learning strategy program developed by Ryerson.
A Learning Strategist and Student Success Advisor
offer an exploration of their experiences implementing a
serial wellness program to align with the unique needs/
circumstances of college-level learners. Distinctive
considerations for this population required organic evolution
in response to student needs. Practical solutions, such as
weekly integrated thriving kits and collaborative applied
strategies/discussions will be showcased. These were
developed in response to challenges at the college level
related to availability, access points and buy-in.

Chrissy Decker / Georgian College
Carren Tatton / Sheridan College

Chrissy Deckers is a Student Success Advisor with
Georgian College, where Thriving in Action was piloted
in the Winter 2020 semester. Chrissy is committed to
supporting students’ well-being and holistic development.
She has significant experience in the college system,
having also worked as a Professor and Learning Strategist.
Chrissy holds a Doctor of Education.

Carren Tatton is a Learning Strategist with Sheridan
College, where Thriving in Action was piloted in the Winter
2020 semester. She is passionate about strength-based
learning within accessibly designed learning environments
that contribute to overall wellness and success. Carren holds
a Master of Education from OISE in Adaptive Instruction and
a certificate in Adult Education and Development.

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    PP1 - PP14

  PP1                                         PP5

Using Adjustment Factors as Correlates      Using the PSSI to Improve Mental Health
of Well-being for Masters Students          Services on Campuses

PRESENTER                                   PRESENTER
Juanita Gnanapragasam                       Jake Rose
University of Alberta                       Queen’s University

  PP2                                         PP6

Imposter Syndrome:                          Passionate About Mental Health
The Universal Feeling Few
are Talking About                           PRESENTER
                                            Jennifer McLean
PRESENTER                                   Thinktum Inc.
Maria Peddle
Carleton University

                                            Implementation of 36 Recommendations
Providing Integrated Care:                  Supporting Post-Secondary Student
Meeting Young People’s Needs on             Mental Health
Campuses and in Communities
PRESENTERS                                  John P. Hirdes, Jerrica Little
Stacie Smith, Catherine Willinsky           University of Waterloo
and Travis Sztainert


Mental Health Literacy Training Strategy:
The Silver Lining

Kalpita Gaitonde
University of Waterloo

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     PP8                                  PP12

Implementing Peer Support Programs       Strategies Supporting Mental Health
in Post-Secondary Institutions           Transitions into Post-Secondary:
                                         A Scoping Review
Pratik Nair, Mariana Paz-Solden          PRESENTERS
University of Toronto                    Dr. Kristin Cleverley, Emma McCann
                                         University of Toronto

OUSA's Student Mental Health Advocacy
                                         The University of Ottawa’s
PRESENTER                                Stepped Care Model
Ryan Tishcoff
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance   PRESENTERS
                                         Geneviève Brabant, Isabelle Hodak
                                         & Saverio Mirarchi
                                         University of Ottawa

Student Mental Health Experiences
Transitioning into Post-Secondary:
A Scoping Review
                                         Recovering not Condemned:
                                         The Lived Experience of Students
PRESENTERS                               with Mental Health Concerns
Dr. Kristin Cleverley, Emma McCann
University of Toronto                    PRESENTER
                                         Carmen Hust
                                         Algonquin College

Going Virtual:
Health Promotion during COVID-19

Agnes Hsin, Kasthuri Paramalingam
University of Toronto

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

    Presenting Sponsor                                  Health Break Sponsors


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