Register Today: Using the Okanagan Charter to Catalyze Action
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Dear Community of Practice Members, 

Spring is in full bloom and we are excited to share some exciting events that are soon approaching and new opportunities you might be interested in learning more about. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest team member, Saman Khan, who has joined us as the Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator for Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses while Sarah Joosse has stepped into the role of Provincial Coordinator during Shaylyn Matiichine's maternity leave.  Please visit the "Our Team" page on our website to update your contact information.

Upcoming Webinars:

April 27th: Using the Okanagan Charter to Catalyze Action

April 28th: National CACUSS Campus Mental Health
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Summit 2016

First, we want to express our sincere gratitude to those of you who joined us at this year's Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Summit. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in Vancouver on March 11th and 12th at Summit 2016, "Cultivating a Campus Culture of Well-being with Intention: Aligning Policies, Practices and Core Mission." We left the Summit feeling inspired and deeply grateful for all of the innovative work that is happening on campuses both provincially and nationally. 

We are thrilled to share that this year our Summit had representatives from each of the 25 public post-secondary institutions in the province, as well as eager participants from other parts of the country.  We were pleased to also have representatives from the BC Ministry of Health, Ministry of Advanced Education and local community organizations in attendance.

A reminder to everyone who attended the Summit and has not yet completed the post-Summit feedback survey sent to you by email, to please complete it by April 29th, 2016.

Please visit our Summit 2016 web page for post-Summit resources that we will continue to update in the coming weeks.  View a Storify summary of tweets shared throughout the Summit, view graphic recordings and photos, read testimonials and more!  Presentations and a post-Summit report summarizing highlights from the event will also be shared when available.

"Amazing isn't enough, but it's adequate to describe my experience at the Summit. I was so impressed to see the strong collaborative efforts of students, instructors, staff, and community members in an environment that was so united to promote mental health awareness and change."

"I will be approaching my work with a renewed sense of vigor and knowing there are others out there who I can call upon for ideas, support, and encouragement who understand the context in which I work."
"As a result of Summit 2016 we are more connected as a province, and that connection will strengthen the commitment to post-secondary wellness."

Upcoming Webinars

Using the Okanagan Charter to Catalyze Action

The recent release of the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges signals a challenge to universities and colleges to create even healthier campuses and healthier communities. Join the webinar to hear about the Charter and its development, and provide input about possible next steps in its activation within Canada. 

Learn more and register here >>>

National CACUSS Campus Mental Health 

This webinar presents a self-assessment and resource inventory, which can be completed by key campus stakeholders as a group, discussing specific questions in seven key areas of the Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: A Guide to a Systematic Approach. The collaborative process will help to assess campus’ strengths and resources, as well as identify areas of growth that are necessary in creating a campus community that is deeply involved in transformative learning and mental well-being of students.  

Learn more and register here >>>

Unique Opportunities

Bloggers Wanted!

You are invited to participate in the Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE. YOU. blog in honour of women’s and girl’s mental health and in partnership with our National flagship CMHA event, Ride Don’t Hide. 
The intention of the blog is to profile stories from women and girls who have their own personal story of mental illness and/or who are championing mental health by “putting their health first” and by being an active part of their community. 

There are two ways that you are invited to participate:
  1. You can write a blog. 
  2. CMHA can interview you and write the blog for you. 
Please email us at if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.
Understanding Addiction Online Course

Understanding Addiction Online Course

Understanding Addiction is a unique online training program for those who work directly or indirectly with people who face challenges with addiction. Offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) BC Division, this course is designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness and strengthen skills.

Register now for the next learning cohort, starting May 15th, 2016.

Learn more about the course:

National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating all of our amazing volunteers.  Thank you to everyone has volunteered their time and energy to help support our common goal of designing healthier campus communities.
National Volunteer Week-- Thank you!
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