Upcoming Events of Potential Interest

Dear Community of Practice Members,

Please see below for information on a few upcoming events that may be of interest to you or those you know! If the content or images are not appearing properly in your email, please click on the link above to view this message in your browser. 

Upcoming Health Minds/Healthy Campuses Events

Campus Capacity Development Projects: A Knowledge Exchange Webinar Series

Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses will be hosting a webinar series mid-March to showcase 13 of the Campus Capacity Development Grant projects developed and implemented by campuses across the province. This grant program was funded by the BC Ministry of Health[1] and was developed to support BC post-secondary institutions in building capacity and encouraging innovation around campus mental health promotion and the reduction of risky substance use.

Over the course of three webinars, you will have the opportunity to learn about the unique projects each campus implemented, the preliminary outcomes observed, and the key insights that emerged during the process! Each of the interactive webinars will feature 4-5 of the funded projects.  Please note each webinar will also be recorded an made available on our webiste.

Register through the link below and join us to explore how each campus applied a collaborative, socio-ecological approach within their context! 

13 Innovative Projects, 3 Webinars

Registration: Click here to register for 1, 2 or all 3 free webinars
Deadline: Registration for each webinar will close at noon the day before the webinar

Webinar 1
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 10:30am – Noon

Michael Schratter Ride Don’t Hide Presentation, Stress Less Fair and Campus Feedback Survey
Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Campus
Speak UP Speak OUT: Mental Wellness Week
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Healthy Minds Ambassadors Program
Camosun College
Fostering a Culture of Caring Through TRU Civility and Mental Health Promotion
Thompson Rivers University

Webinar 2
Date: Friday, March 15
Time: 1pm-2:30pm

Substance Use and Mental Health Awareness Project
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Changing the Culture of Marijuana use on Campus: Healthy Campus Development Community Assessment, Action Network and Educational Campaign
University of British Columbian, Okanagan Campus
Tenth St. Dinner Club: Eating Well / Living Well Project
Selkirk College
Champions for a Healthy Campus Community
Simon Fraser University

Webinar 3
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
Michael Schratter Ride Don’t Hide Presentation, Stress Less Fair and Campus Feedback Survey
Okanagan College, Vernon Campus

Multicultural Mental Health Stigma Buster Campaign 
Vancouver Community College
Building Resilience among Paramedic Students: Curriculum Development and Research Study
Justice Institute of British Columbia
Thriving With Art Project
University of British Columbia
Environmental Scan and Population Baseline for Student Mental Health
University of Victoria

[1] with a minimum of matched funds from each institution/community

Other Upcoming Events of Potential Interest

Supporting Systemic Approaches to Campus Mental Health: A National Collaborative Learning Series

You are invited to participate in a series of webinars organized by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA) to discuss the Draft CACUSS - CMHA Systemic Approach to Post Secondary Student Mental Health and share updates and challenges of creating a mental health strategy on your campus. 

There are a number of objectives to the collaborative learning series:
  • To solicit feedback from campus community members and other stakeholders about the usefulness and applicability of the system approach;
  • To support knowledge mobilization at the individual campus level and between campuses across jurisdictions;
  • To assist campuses in their efforts to design comprehensive mental health  approaches  .
  • To build capacity for a national community of practice designed to support leading edge thinking and learning in the area of campus mental health;
  • We anticipate that this series will create a unique opportunity for learning and innovation across Canada and would love you to join us. Come for one or many.
Next Webinar
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 10am - noon PST
Registration: Click here to register for this free webinar


Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign Flashmob Events

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launching a flashmob contest and needs participants!
Who:  Open to residents of BC.
What:  Groups perform a flashmob dance (they have a choreographed video available upon registration) in a location of your choice, film yourselves, and help bring awareness to building healthy body image and self-esteem.
When:  Contest closes May 1.
Where:  BC wide.
Registration:  Register your group by emailing with the subject “Flashmob Registration.”  Indicate contact name, school/group name, city.
Maximum number of participants:  50 people per group.
Prizes Winners receive Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristbands, and Perfect is Boring t-shirts
Share your progress:  Show the progress of your rehearsals:
  • Add photos to their 2013 Flashmob album on Facebook:
  • Tweet @loveourbodies and use the hashtag #pedaw. 
  • Let them know when/where you plan to perform your flashmob so they can try to encourage media to snap some pics!

Ride Don't Hide Campus Events

Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal of strengthening and supporting the mental health of women and their families. CMHA aims to engage over 2,500 participants and raise $400,000 for mental health programs benefiting women and their families. In addition to the benefits of physical activity, you will be helping break the stigma associated with mental illness by joining the Ride Don’t Hide community. Visit the website to learn more. 

Date: Sunday, June 23

The following campuses have already registered teams that you can join! Click on the links below to sign-up!

Capilano University Team
Langara College Team
SFU Team
UBC School of Nursing Team

Click here to register a team for your campus! 

Recent Events of Potential Interest  

Bottom Line Conference 2013 - Celebrating a New Era in Workplace Mental Health: Putting National Standards into Practice

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Bottom Line Conference 2013 was held February 27-28 in Vancouver. Across Canada, employers are increasingly expected to protect workers’ mental health. Now employers and labour can turn to the new The National Standard of Canada titled Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation. Bringing together business leaders, policy-makers, researchers, and workers to improve mental health in Canadian workplaces, this year’s Bottom Line Conference provided an opportunity to learn more about implementing the National Standard and protecting an organization's greatest asset - worker's mental health.

For a summary of each of the plenary sessions, please read the conference blog. For presentation slides and resources, visit the Resources page.

Click here to learn more about the new National Standard.

Did you know? 
The Health Promotion team at SFU is partnering with researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences and a Health Science honours student to amend the Guarding Minds @ Work survey tool so that it can be validated for a university population. This tool has successfully been utilized within the workplace settings to determine how psychosocial risk factors (such as a balance, organizational culture and workload management) are linked to the mental health and well-being of employees. The ‘Guarding Minds @ Work: A University Context’ survey tool would enable better understanding of the psychosocial factors within the university context that are impacting student well-being in order to create new programs and approaches to address these determinants of health. This tool also has the capacity to influence the success of individuals within the organization as well as the productivity and success of the organization as a whole. Learn more...


Keeping Youth Connected (and Thriving!) Through a Whole-School, Comprehensive Approach

This 1 hour webinar hosted by Centre for Addictions Research of BC featured Burnaby’s Bryne Creek Secondary School’s practical, evidence-based strategies aimed at creating the right mix of conditions and connections key to helping their students thrive. 
Bryne Creek Secondary is the first Canadian school to win the global “Vision in Action: The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Whole Child Award." For a short preview of their efforts, click here.

To watch the recording of the webinar, click here (note it may take a few minutes to load).

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