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2018 Mental Health for All
Online Submission Form

You are invited to submit abstracts for the Canadian Mental Health Association's third annual Mental Health For All Conference, October 22-24th, 2018 in Montréal. This year's theme is Ahead by a century: the shape of things to come. We have reached a watershed moment: the community mental health movement in Canada, as embodied by CMHA, is a century old. We can look at how far we have come, but now is also the time to look ahead and innovate for the future.

This year's conference builds on last year's whole-of-country focus and issues a call to action for all of us. We want schools, campuses, workplaces, people with lived experience of struggle and recovery, care providers and health care facilities, municipalities, and all communities to think outside the box toward a population-based mental health approach for the next century.

Abstracts will be accepted until April 9th, 2018.

Presenters will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted by April 27th, 2018.

Presenters must agree to be paid registrants of the conference. Honoraria, accommodation and travel reimbursement are not available for presenters.

Public Health's Role in Mental Health Promotion
Taking a public health approach to mental health means that we need to invest, system wide, in the services and the social determinants of health that promote mental wellness throughout all the life stages, rather than taking a reactive approach that addresses mental illness only once it has become acute. It also means treating mental illness as seriously as physical illness, requiring the same organizational, administrative, and professional response typically found in medical care. This theme invites submissions that examine effective approaches to health promotion and the prevention and management of mental illness, paying special attention to the need for public health actors from different sectors to form a "specialist workforce," an intersectoral collaboration among different levels of government, other sectors (education, housing,, etc.)., political actors, community actors, citizens, and the health, mental health and social care sectors.

Embracing Diversity - Serving Diverse Populations
Inequalities based on race, income, gender, sexuality, disability, and citizenship overlap and intersect to produce barriers in housing, education, employment, health - the social determinants of health - which also impact mental health and access to mental health services. This stream explores how the mental health sector can better address the needs and leverage the strengths and opportunities of diverse groups, including LGBTQS2, children and youth, communities of colour, women, seniors, persons with disabilities, and refugees and newcomers to ensure that our mental health services are inclusive, diverse, respectful, culturally sensitive and responsive to a range of needs.

Working with Indigenous Peoples to Support Mental Health
Faced with a legacy for colonialism and systemic racism, many Indigenous peoples in Canada experience inequalities and discrimination in their access to the social determinants of health, and contend with loss and personal and intergenerational trauma, which produce significant health outcome disparities. While accessing mental health services is generally challenging, it is also particularly difficult for communities in more remote areas in the north and on the reserve. This stream explores how the mental health sector can build respectful relationships based in reconciliation among indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians and support indigenous-led practices and community services to better promote the well being and improve the health outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

Mentally Healthy Schools and Campuses
Childhood and young adulthood are critical stages for fostering healthy emotional development and for establishing a firm foundation for mental health and resilience. Schools and post-secondary institutions, in particular, are on the frontline's in supporting young people as they navigate life transitions, and can help establish connections among parents, educators, health professionals, and community organizations to promote child and youth wellness.

The Science of Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention
Social determinants are only one aspect of mental health; genetics and brain structure and function are also critical determinants of mental health and well being.  Because the onset of many mental illnesses occurs during childhood and young adulthood, early identification of the biological factors that affect mental health increase the likelihood that young people will transition into adulthood with the supports and competencies to manage their well being.  This stream invites submissions from researchers, physicians, and clinicians that explore the role of scientific research on the brain, genetics, and other aspects of physiological development in mental health promotion and population health for both youth and adults.

Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health
By the time the majority of Canadians access services for problematic substance use, more intensive and urgent forms of treatment are often needed. Addressing substance use early, or even before its onset, requires a coordinated effort from government, the private sector, and community services to ensure that people are supported in their communities with the necessities of life and access to health care and mental health services, which promote mental wellness. This stream explores how we can prevent and manage substance use disorders by promoting mental wellness and access to quality services.

Mental Health in the Workplace
A healthy workplace is key to helping people achieve their potential and meaningfully contribute to their community. Workplaces are sites that can actively support a healthy culture and mental wellness, but they can also be places that foster psychological distress or perpetuate the stigma of mental illness. This stream explores the need, opportunities, and evidence for better pathways for promoting mental wellness in the workplace.
Please choose the stream that your that relates to your submission
Public Health's Role in Mental Health and Mental Illness Prevention
Embracing Diversity - Serving Diverse Populations
Working with Indigenous Peoples to Support Mental Health
Mentally Healthy Schools and Campuses
The Science of Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention
Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health
Mental Health in the Workplace

Conference sessions will be offered in a variety of formats:
• Panel Discussions (60-90 minutes)
• Individual Presentations (30-60-90 Minutes)
• Innovation Stations

Panel Discussion (60-90 Minutes) should include a minimum of two and a maximum of four presenters addressing a common issue or topic from different perspectives followed by an interactive discussion. Each panel must also provide a moderator.

Individual Presentations (30-60-90 Minutes)

Solution Lab - Each solution lab is an oral presentation. Your presentation should have a coherent structure and a clearly stated purpose. I should provide description information including necessary contextual detail, and report on research findings, evaluation results, lessons learned and best or promising practices.

Paper Presentation (20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for questions)
A Paper Presentation will address innovative programming, completed research that has been demonstrated through evaluation to have an impact on clinical practice, system design or policy development related to collaborative mental heath.

Storyboard is an opportunity to tell your story of a project or an experience that included a life-changing event that changed your attitudes, clinical approach, or interactions towards particular individuals.

Innovation Stations
Innovation stations are posters. Material is mounted on a poster board. We will schedule a time for you to be available at your station to give attendees an overview of your project and answer questions. This year, poster presentations will have a separate room and specific time slot so all delegates will have a chance to view posters. A poster presentation award will be granted at the end of the conference.

Please choose the presentation format for your submission
Panel Discussion (60-90 Minutes)
Solution Lab (Oral Presentation)
Paper Presentation
Innovative Station (Poster Presentations)
*Based on the numbers of presentations we receive; we may have to combine presentations.
*If your abstract is not accepted, you may have an opportunity to do a poster presentation.

Time Preference
Please choose your time preference
30 minute (2o minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)
60 minute (45 minute presentation, 15 minute Q&A)
90 Minute (75 minute presentation, 15 minute Q&A)

Presenter Information
Presenter Name(s):



Mailing Address: (street, town, province, postal code)

Phone: (Office and Cell)


Your Submission
The presenter may submit multiple abstracts for the conference. One submission for each presentation. If your abstract is accepted for your AV/Tech needs.
Title of your Presentation (10 words) Required

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

How does your submission relate to your selected stream ? Required

Interactive/Participatory Components

Description of your session for the printed program/website (60 words or less)

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

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 and pay to attend 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 PDF copies of the presentations will be made available to conference delegates following the conference on the CMHA National website.
- Presenters are encouraged to provide written material to conference participants (your powerpoint and/or resources, etc.)
- Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee.