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CICMH 2019 Call for Abstracts

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over 30 workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector.

Whole Campus, Healthy Communities

Campuses are the sites of a wide range of mental health challenges, from exam-related stress and roommate relationship issues to anorexia and depression. A characteristic of a mental healthy campus would be students feeling safe and supported in talking about their concerns. At such a campus, everyone in the institution takes ownership of student success. Student affairs administrators, faculty, residence directors, and counsellors are often on the front lines with distressed students, and they - along with many other campus constituencies - are searching for ways to best serve students' individual needs and those of the student body as a whole.

This year’s theme, Whole Campus, Healthy Communities, looks at campus communities in their entirety. We cannot fully address student mental health without also looking at the ecosystem in which students spend a majority of their time- the campus environment. In order to promote mental well-being for students, we should also take into account the wellbeing of other campus community members, such as staff and faculty. In addition, we are also looking at larger ecosystems which students might inhabit before and after their post-secondary education. issues like transitions from high school to post-secondary and employment prospects after graduation can have an impact on how we help students to thrive.

To facilitate this discussion, we will be exploring five themes. These are:

1. Substance Use
2. Mental Health Strategies
3. Wellness and Health Promotion
4. Diversity and Inclusion
5. The Student Voice

Substance Use
Presentations in this stream will focus on the use of drugs, alcohol and other substances on campus. Example topics might include smoke-free campuses, as well as other critical issues such as binge drinking on campuses and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mental Health Strategies
The creation of successful campus mental health strategies can occur only through informed policies, targeted mental health promotion, and integrated care for students struggling with mental health challenges. Presentations in this stream will focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of campus mental health strategies.

Wellness and Health Promotion
Presentations in this stream will highlight any innovative mental health programs that focus on early identification, prevention and health promotion. Examples might include integrated mental and physical wellness programs, peer supports and resilience-based programs.

Diversity and Inclusion
Institutional leadership and campus models for diversity and inclusion that simultaneously advance underserved students' educational access and success and promote the flourishing of institutions have a significant impact on mental health. Presentations in this stream will address barriers based in discrimination and new opportunities related to demographic change, sharing practices and programs that pursue established ideals about equity.

The Student Voice
In order to effectively address mental health issues for students, it is vital that student voices are brought to the table in meaningful, constructive, and sustainable ways. These presentations will focus on the student perspective, fostering understanding, opening lines of communication, and building access.

Submissions should provide a brief explanation of the presentation in 150 words or less.

Abstracts will be accepted until April 17, 2019.

Presenters will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted by May 15, 2019.

Honoraria, accommodation and travel reimbursement are not available for presenters. A discounted registration rate for the conference will be available to accepted presenters.

Conference sessions will be offered in a variety of formats

1. Panel discussions

2. Presentations (Workshop or Roundtable)
- A Workshop presentation provides a platform for presenters to share expertise, and for participants to gain new knowledge and/or a new skill. The presentation will take an interactive approach that will address new programming and completed research, while giving participants a 'hands-on' experience of the subject.
- A Roundtable presentation should include a short (5-10) minute presentation by the presenter to introduce the topic, followed by discussion and feedback from the participants. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to participants at the table and allocate time to summarize and conclude at the end of the session.

The Program Advisory Committee may also identify submissions for keynote plenary sessions.

3. Poster Presentations
Display space for Poster Presentations will also be offered, and a table will be available if needed. Please prepare your presentation to tack on a poster board stand. You are welcome to bring additional flyers/support documentation for handouts.

About You

Presenter Name(s):

Is there an alternate contact person (example: an assistant)?


Time Preference

Your preferred presentation duration is:
60 Minutes
Poster Presentation
Please note: Based on the number of presentations we receive, we may have to combine presentations. If your abstract is not accepted, you may have an opportunity to present a poster presentation.
Please specify the format of your presentation:
Workshop Presentation
Roundtable Presentation
Panel Discussion
Poster Presentation

Conference Streams

Please choose the stream that your that relates to your submission
Substance Use
Mental Health Strategies
Wellness and Health Promotion
Diversity and Inclusion
The Student Voice

Your Submission
The presenter may submit multiple abstracts for the conference. One submission for each presentation. If your abstract is accepted, we will reach out for your full abstract and your AV/Tech needs.
Title of your Presentation: (no more than 10 words - less) (Required)

Description of your workshop/presentation/poster (150 words or less) Required:

How does your submission relate to your selected stream?

It is important for all sessions to be interactive and encourage participation among attendees. Please explain how your session will be interactive.

Who is your intended audience? (Check all that apply)
Front-line staff (e.g. counsellors, clinicians, case managers, advisors)
Student leaders
Peer mentors
Administration (e.g. vice-president of student services, counseling centre directors, program managers)
Health and well-being staff (e.g.: health promotion specialist, accommodations specialists, athletics and recreation staff)

Please provide a short biography of each presenter (50-60 words or less) - Required.

All submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Relevance to the conference theme
- Clarity and coherence of submission
- Relevance and utility to participants
- Evidence that the submission will encourage interaction with conference participants
- It is encouraged that presenters include a lived experience component or perspective where relevant.

- Presenters must register for the conference. Honoraria and travel reimbursement are not available.
- Presenters will be asked to submit an electronic version of their presentation prior to the conference.
- Electronic copies of the presentations will be made available to conference delegates following the conference in pdf format.
- Presenters are responsible for providing written material to conference participants
- Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee.