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2014 OIIQ Congress 04/09/2014
November 3 and 4, 2014, Palais des Congrès, 159 Saint Antoine Street West, Montréal, Quebec

Under the theme “Health in all its forms”, the congress will be an opportunity to shed new light on Quebecers’ general health, a situation that, now more than ever, calls for home care nurses, acute and critical care in specialized ambulatory services and long-term care within the home environment.

64th Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Annual Conference 04/09/2014
September 11 to 13, 2014, The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Annual Conference is the largest psychiatric continuing professional development program in Canada. Each year, more than 1,200 psychiatrists and other mental healthcare professionals attend the conference to keep up-to-date on the latest research, exchange ideas, and network with colleagues from across the country.

27th U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress (Psych Congress) 04/09/2014
September 20 to 23, 2014, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL, USA

This is the largest independent educational conference in the U.S. for psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who seek to increase their knowledge, confidence, and abilities to improve patient outcomes pertaining to mental health disorders.

This year’s theme is “Embrace Change”. The changing landscape of mental health in the United States, from the challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act to the growing need for effective integrative care strategies, is pushing organizers to deliver the most relevant, impactful program to date.

Losing Track Seminar 04/09/2014
September 25, 2014, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, at the Centre d’enseignement Dr Frédéric-Grunberg, 7401 Hochelaga Street, 3rd floor, Bédard Pavilion, Room BE-322-18, Montréal, Quebec

The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal invites you to attend a one-day seminar entitled “Perdre le fil”, which focuses on depression and its impact on cognitive skills.

APNA 28th Annual Conference 11/07/2014
October 22 to 25, 2014, JW Marriott Indianapolis, Indianapolis, USA

Building Connections: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Perspectives

The APNA Annual Conference is the premiere event for psychiatric nursing. It is held in a new location each year to encourage new regional participation and to add travel adventure to those who regularly attend. The program will feature more than three days of continuing education specific to psychiatric nursing for RN-PMH and advanced practice nurses alike. Surrounding the educational sessions will be social and networking events to meet with peers and learn from each other.

The 7th Inter-Hospital Conference on Mental Health 11/07/2014
March 26 and 27, 2015, Hyatt Regency Montréal Hotel, 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, Montréal, Quebec

Sharing knowledge to increase access to mental health services.

Call for proposals

Submission deadline: October 1, 2014

3rd European Conference on Mental Health 11/07/2014
September 10 to 12, 2014, Sokos Hotel Viru, Tallinn, Estonia

The main focus is on multidisciplinary discussion and collaboration among experts and researchers in the field of mental health. The conference is open to researchers at all career stages, students from different disciplines and all mental health professionals who are working in the field of mental health and psychiatric care – psychologists, nurses, doctors, social workers, teachers, policy makers and other professionals. We will also welcome service users and experts by experience to attend the conference.

World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) Jubilee Congress 11/07/2014
November 13 to 15, 2014, Park Plaza Victoria London Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, UK

The theme of the congress is “Social psychiatry: past, present and future,” with an emphasis on the presentation of new research findings, clinical innovations and stimulating discussions of the opportunities for future international collaboration and achievement in our field.

International Forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders (IFMAD) 11/07/2014
December 10 to 12, 2014, Hilton Vienna Hotel, Am Stadtpark 1, Vienna, Austria

This year’s topics include advances and updates in the treatment of depression, treatment-resistant depression, OCD and anxiety disorders, treatment-resistant GAD, borderline disorders, bipolar disorders, bipolar depression, psychotic depression and the possible link of resistant depression to bipolarity. Topics for interactive clinical sessions, which all delegates are expected to attend, include managing non-response in depression, anxiety with comorbidity, treating bipolar mixed states, managing suicidal risk, managing schizoaffective disorders and discussions on the best treatment of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders.

Anxiety and Depression Conference 2015 11/07/2014
April 9 to 12, 2015, Hyatt Regency, Miami, Florida, USA

Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference is the premier professional meeting on the science and treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and depression in children and adults. The conference’s goals include leveraging its broad audience to synthesize cutting-edge knowledge, accelerate dissemination and translate scientific evidence into practice by engaging clinicians.

17th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology 11/07/2014
May 20 to 23, 2015, Oslo Congress Centre, Oslo, Norway

Respectful and effective leadership: managing people and organizations in turbulent times. The EAWOP 2015 Congress will address this complex and yet very basic question in its full breadth. We aim to show both the importance and usefulness of work and organizational psychology with regards to this challenge while contributing to the expansion of our common and highly valuable knowledge base. In the fine spirit of EAWOP’s mission, the interaction between and contribution from both academia and professionals in the field will be central to the conference.

9th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 12/06/2014
July 14 to 16, 2014, Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue,
London, UK

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to present and discuss state-of-the-art information on various aspects of child and adolescent psychopathology.

The conference will be of interest to those who are doing research with young people and to those working in child and adolescent mental health, education and social work as well as in the youth justice system.

21st World Congress of IACAPAP 12/06/2014
August 11 to 15, 2014, International Convention Centre, 45 Bram Fischer Road, Durban, South Africa

The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP) is proud to host the 21st World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), to be held on the African continent, and doubly proud to be doing so during the term of office of the first African President of IACAPAP, Olayinka Omigbodun, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention 12/06/2014
August 7 to 10, 2014, Washington, DC, USA

Plenary sessions will highlight prominent speakers and current issues and topics in psychology. The Board of Convention Affairs and its two Central Programming Groups have organized sessions that encompass a broad range of interests. With one exception, speakers and topics are listed under one of the 2014 Convention themes: 1) Psychology and the Public Good, 2) The Psychology of Violence, 3) Health Care Integration and Reform, 4) Controversies and Difficult Dialogues in Psychology, 5) Psychology and Technology, 6) Mechanisms and Principles of Change, and 7) Internationalizing Psychology.

14th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence 12/06/2014
September 3 to 6, 2014, Altınyunus Hotel and Convention Centre, Izmir/Cesme, Turkey

The conference will cover main topics of state-of-the-art adolescent research and will offer perspectives from various areas of psychology, such as developmental, social and clinical as well as counselling psychology and brain research. Other disciplines such as education, sociology and adolescent psychiatry will also be discussed.

12th World Suicide Prevention Day 12/06/2014
September 10, 2014

It is estimated that, every forty seconds, someone commits suicide somewhere in the world, and every three seconds, someone tries. This September 10, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) will join forces with the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about suicide around the globe.

4th Asia Pacific Rim International Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference 12/06/2014
October 1 to 5, 2015, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Perth, Western Australia

At this conference, we will be exploring the following streams in relation to counselling and psychotherapy: relationships and family therapy, grief and loss counselling, guidance and educational counselling, cultural and indigenous mental health counselling, and trauma and abuse counselling.

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 12/06/2014
October 5 to 11, 2014

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public awareness campaign designed to help Canadians understand the realities of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Annual Meeting of the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research 10/06/2014
June 13, 2014, Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry, 4333 Cote-Ste-Catherine Road, Montréal (Québec)

Gaining Understanding of Well-being and Building Capacity: Listening to the Voices of Aboriginal Youth.

The Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR) funded by the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health of the CIHR brings together students, researchers, community members, and mental health practitioners from across the country to build capacity for culturally-safe and appropriate mental health and addictions research, and knowledge exchange to meet the needs of Aboriginal populations and communities. The annual meeting provides an opportunity to present new research, develop collaborations and identify mentors and collaborators for training and research.

2014 Virtual Suicide Prevention Conference 29/05/2014
November 19-21, 2014

This year the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in partnership with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) will host a virtual conference on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The “Connecting Canada” virtual conference is being built on the themes of Community, Collaboration, and Hope. During the conference, we will showcase innovative approaches to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in different communities, discuss initiatives that promote meaningful collaboration and explore the meaning and nurturance of hope.

Health Innovation Forum 2014 29/05/2014
October 2nd and 3rd, MUHC (Montreal General Hospital) in Montreal

Patient Engagement: What is it? Why does it matter? How is it done?

The MUHC-ISAI’s 2014 annual conference will explore the new momentum for patient engagement in health care, from hospital decision-making to self-care at home. Presentations will address the impact of patient engagement on quality, cost and outcomes; present initiatives underway in Quebec, Canada and abroad; and examine how the policy landscape in Quebec could better support patient engagement efforts.

82e Congrès de l’ACFAS (82nd ACFAS Convention) 30/04/2014
May 12 to 16, Concordia University, Montréal (Quebec)

The ACFAS’s annual convention is the largest multidisciplinary gathering on knowledge and research in the French-speaking world and will be hosting thousands of researchers and research users from over 30 countries worldwide.

Health Seminar, Association québécoise des infirmières et infirmiers 30/04/2014
May 29 and 30, 2014, Relais Gouverneurs Hotel, 725 Boulevard du Séminaire Nord, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Quebec)

This seminar is on mental health nursing practice in the era of information and communications technologies (ICT).

2nd International Conference on Social Identity 30/04/2014
June 2 to 4, 2014, Carleton University, Ottawa (Ontario)

This conference is a biennial meeting that brings together researchers from multiple disciplines, along with community health practitioners and policy makers, to consider how aspects of social identity and social relationships can promote positive mental and physical health outcomes.

There are now numerous demonstrations that having strong social connections reduces the risk of mortality (related to numerous causes) by almost 50%; an effect that is comparable to well-established protective factors such as quitting smoking, reducing BMI, and exercising more. In this way, social identities can serve as a “social cure” that enhances a person’s ability to deal with a range of illnesses, injuries, and stressors.

9es journées de la prévention (9th edition of prevention days) 30/04/2014
June 3 to 5, 2014, Centre universitaire des Saints-Pères, 45 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006, Paris, France

Promoting psychosocial skills in children and youth.

11th Edition of the Institut d’été of the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur le suicide et l’euthanasie (CRISE) 30/04/2014
June 4 to 6, 2014

CRISE invites all CHP (and other practice setting) staff members and health care providers involved in suicide prevention, as well as researchers and students, to participate in this 11th edition. Over three days, the following therapeutic and clinical practices will be presented, illustrated, and discussed with experts:

• Third-wave cognitive behavioural therapies, including mindfulness behavioural cognitive therapy (MBCO) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

• Solutions-oriented approach (SOA)

• Promising intervention strategies such as art therapy and the photovoice approach

Come discover emerging practices in suicide prevention in a dynamic and interactive framework.

IAC Conference 2014 30/04/2014
May 3 to 7, 2014, Victoria Convention Centre, Victoria, British Columbia

New this year, CCPA will be partnering with the International Association for Counselling (IAC) to host the IAC Conference 2014.

5e Rencontre annuelle des services sociaux (RASS) 08/04/2014
April 9 and 10, 2014, Montréal Science Centre, 2 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montréal, Quebec.

The RASS is a unique forum offering managers, researchers and professionals in healthcare and social services the opportunity to come together to share their perspectives and create a fertile context for reflection.

This year, the theme will be learning and innovating organizations − developing a culture and practices.

Lectures, case study presentations and program workshops aim to support the development of a culture of innovation in social services and increase organizations’ ability to move from innovation to integration in their practices.

The 8th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders 08/04/2014
September 24−26, 2014, Imperial College, London, UK.

Implementing Mental Wellbeing in All Policies

Compelling evidence highlights the effectiveness of a variety of interventions to promote mental wellbeing. Over the past two decades much progress has been made in the development of scientific knowledge concerning the determinants of mental wellbeing, as well as in a range of effective public mental health interventions. However, much more needs to be done if we are to continue to improve mental wellbeing. We need positive approaches by governments and non-governmental organizations, in addition to effective, proven policies and programs.

20th Annual Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry 01/04/2014
May 5 to June 27, 2014, McGill University, 1033 Pine Avenue West, Montréal (Quebec)

This seminar reviews recent theory and research on the interaction of culture and psychiatric disorders. Topics include: history of cultural psychiatry; cross-national epidemiological and ethnographic research on major and minor psychiatric disorders; culture-bound syndromes and idioms of distress; culture, emotion and social interaction; ritual and symbolic healing; mental health of indigenous peoples; mental health of immigrants and refugees; psychiatric theory and practice as cultural constructions; methods of cross-cultural research; globalization and the future of cultural psychiatry.

Newfoundland first responders to receive MHFA training 18/03/2014
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC), in partnership with the RCMP and Fire Emergency Services, will train over 4,500 first responders in Newfoundland in Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth. This initiative is thanks to a $250,000 donation from Bell Aliant Pioneers.

Mental Health First Aid courses, such as this instructor course, are lively, interactive and informative.

Starting this month, up to 36 instructors will be trained at sessions in St. John’s, Cornerbrook, and Happy Valley, and Goose Bay to teach police and emergency services how to help young people who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Training on mental health intercultural relations 17/03/2014
March 20 and 27, and April 23 and 30, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CMHA – Montréal Branch, 55 Mont-Royal Avenue West, Montréal, Quebec.

This two-day training is an opportunity to learn more about intercultural intervention and to discuss your own practices with other professionals in terms of service adaptation, prevention and well-being promotion.

• Recognize culture's role in life, health, illness and death
• Identify different migration contexts and their impact on immigrants' mental health
• Identify risk and protection factors that help or hinder the integration and adaptation process within the host society
• Recognize the importance of culture in the relationship (the caregiver and the person getting help), and learn about the diversity of values
• Identify communication strategies to develop when working with immigrants and Aboriginal people
• Apply intervention strategies in an intercultural context using an analysis grid and case studies.

Fighting stigmatization: mark your calendar 17/03/2014
March 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Trois-Rivières, Quebec

The Groupe provincial sur la stigmatisation et la discrimination en santé mentale (GPS-SM) is holding a day devoted to ending stigmatization and discrimination associated with mental health problems across the province.

Also on the program: a surprise opening activity, inspiring lectures, insightful information, and an opportunity to network. Participate in the GPS-SM human library − an innovative activity in the fight against the stigmatization associated with mental health problems.

Besançon's 2014 French-Language Summer University in Public health: 11th edition 17/03/2014
From June 30 to July 4, 2014, Faculty of medicine and pharmacy, 19 rue Ambroise Paré, 25030 Besançon, France

This year, six new programs are offered:

• Primary care and local territory: the place of public health and its caregivers
• Proven actions in health promotion: how they can be identified and transferred
• Considering environmental factors when developing public policies for health promotion
• Mental health: what are the issues, perspectives, and approaches?
• Early childhood health promotion: developing supportive measures for parents
• Health promotion as you get older

17th Conference of the Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP) 17/03/2014
November 10 to 12, 2014, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Montréal, Quebec

The theme is mental health in today’s world: living with new solidarities.

Globalization, new technologies and constant changes are transforming our world: How does it affect the mental health of people and organizations? What challenges face mental health services and practices? How can new connections to solidarity help us change our ways?

In light of the social challenges of the 21st century, many of you broke new ground in order to improve ways of promoting mental health for everyone. We want the world to know about these promising achievements!

Mental health challenges for nurses in general and long-term care 17/03/2014
Wednesday April 2, 2014, Hôtel Chéribourg, Magog-Orford, 2603 chemin du Parc, Orford, Quebec

How should you deal with a patient’s sadness? How do you handle a patient dependent on opiates? How can you prevent a crisis when managing patients with borderline personality disorder? What are the best approaches for building partnerships with a patient's loved ones and avoiding potential conflicts?

Expert speakers will carefully suggest the best practices for this clientele, practices that can be used in any work environment: medical or surgical units, home care, outpatient clinics, long-term care, etc. We will end the day with a presentation promoting nurses’ mental health.

Science advisory report on group training programs for parenting skills 17/03/2014
This advisory concludes that these group training programs focused on teaching parenting skills have achieved their main objectives. Select studies show improvement in certain parenting practices, specifically a decrease in coercive disciplinary methods (such as shouting or forcing the child to obey) and a reduction of several behaviours deemed problematic in children, including externalizing behaviours such as hitting or biting.

Regarding parents’ mental health, the results vary. Parents who follow these programs can experience an increased sense of competency, parental satisfaction and emotional bond with the child. There was no observed impact on parents’ depressive symptoms. Also, no effects were noted concerning their symptoms of anxiety, overall stress or stress related to the child’s behaviour (such as a difficult character).

With regards to the children’s mental health, the results concerning internalized behaviour are contradictory (withdrawal or sadness, for example).

This advisory specifies the effects observed in two distinct populations: families from the general population and families with children experiencing behavioural problems who have not received a clinical diagnosis.

7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives 04/03/2014
October 19-22, 2014, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Bringing together international expertise to highlight research and best practices on agricultural and rural health on a global scale.

This symposium will show the impact of global issues and challenges facing the health and safety of rural populations in the 21st century. It seeks to bridge gaps between basic and applied research, community and public policy. The symposium aims to include all rural settings, from those in fully industrialized countries to those in emerging or subsistence economies.

Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) Conference 2014 03/03/2014
March 26 and 27, 2014, Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

CDRIN promotes collaborative, patient-focused, research and intervention that will lead to better care and understanding of depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and prevention of suicide. The network brings together the leading clinical and research minds, and persons with lived experience, from all across Canada.

9th Annual JGH Department of Psychiatry Research Day 28/02/2014
March 21 2014, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, ICFP Amphitheatre, 4333, chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine, Montréal, Quebec.

A hard pill to swallow? Social, political and economical perspectives on mental illness as brain disease.

Creation of a centre specializing in research on depression and suicide 07/02/2014
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Réjean Hébert, along with Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Lynne McVey, and the Head of the Institute’s Depressive Disorders Program and Director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Gustavo Turecki, has announced the granting of $7.2 million for the creation of the Centre for translational research on Mood Disorders and Suicide.

Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) Conference 2014 24/01/2014
March 26-27, 2014, Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

The goal of this conference is to provide participants with a rich experience and opportunities to examine emerging ideas and issues, share progress, connect with colleagues, and increase their understanding of plan initiatives. The following key community priorities will be highlighted:

• Facilitating stakeholder engagement
• Network development
• Knowledge exchange and translation
• Participation and contribution from persons with lived experience
• Education and training
• Future directions
• Partnership building

1st Annual Symposium of the Communauté de pratique en épidémiologie psychosociale (COPEP) 24/01/2014
January 28, 2014, Montréal Mental Health University Institute, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, 3rd floor, Room BE-320-16, Montréal, Quebec

Sampling: A challenge for mental health researchers

Sampling is a critical step in research since the validity of results depends in part on the participants’ profiles and on their number.

Reaching potential participants and convincing them to participate in a research project is a challenge, especially with regards to less-accessible target populations and addressing sensitive research topics.

This seminar is an opportunity to discuss methodological issues and challenges related to the recruitment of participants with a specific profile, as well as to present solutions adapted by psychosocial epidemiology researchers.

15th International Mental Health Conference 24/01/2014
August 25-26, 2014, QT Gold Coast Hotel, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217 (Australia)

Under the theme “Mental Health: Innovation, Integration, Early Intervention”, the conference will focus on suicide, dementia, depression, personality disorders, and trauma.

Featuring Australia and New Zealand's leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals) by sharing information about:

• Promotion and prevention: examine and review effectiveness
• Early intervention: strategies and treatments
• Innovative programs: designed to assist frontline workers and carers
• Implementing government policy: what changes we can expect
• Recovery: current practice innovations
• Treatment and medication interventions: what the future looks like
• New technology: driver behind change.

Et moi? Comment ça va?” campaign launch 24/01/2014
The Centre de prévention du suicide de Québec is proud to announce the launch of their social marketing campaign “Et moi? Comment ça va?” that will be featured on billboards, on the radio, as well as on the website www.allume.org. This innovative project is aimed at men 35 to 49 years old who adhere to traditional gender roles and who have limited access to a network of resources and support. This group was targeted because they show a higher risk of suicide, a greater resistance to asking for help, and resistance to health promotion and prevention initiatives.

Dementia: Understanding, assessment, and care 24/01/2014
January 29, 2014, Hôtellerie Jardins de Ville, 4235 Bourque Boulevard, Sherbrooke, Quebec

This workshop will provide participants with greater knowledge on the major forms of dementia (Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementia) and their clinical manifestations.

Pharmacology in mental health and nursing interventions 24/01/2014
February 4, 2014, CSSS de la Minganie, 1035 Promenade des Anciens, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec

In today's society, the number of people taking antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics, sedatives, hypnotics, antipsychotics, or other mental health medications is steadily increasing. There is also a greater use of certain psychostimulants in the treatment of ADHD. Nurses interventions are therefore critical in supporting peoples’ choices regarding drug therapy.

Assessing adult mental health 24/01/2014
February 5, 2014, Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis, 1415 Saint-Hubert Street, Montréal, Quebec

This workshop will help put mental health assessment in nursing practice into perspective. Participants will familiarize themselves with the DSM-IV axes as well as with the markers and parameters related to cognitive, perceptual, emotional, and relationship aspects of individuals, in addition to various rating scales.

Mental health: Tools for assessment 24/01/2014
February 10, 2014, Cégep André-Laurendeau, 1111 Lapierre Street, LaSalle, Quebec

For nurses only.
This workshop is for health professionals. Whether at work, in our community, or at home, we constantly come into contact with people who are in a fragile mental state. Just as the PQRST helps us assess pain, assessing mental status and biopsychosocial criteria can help us develop a meaningful approach to care.

Cognitive behavioural therapy interventions 24/01/2014
February 11-12, 2014, Université Laval, La Laurentienne Pavilion, 1030 Avenue du Séminaire, Université Laval, Québec, Quebec

This two-day training aims to improve intervention skills according to the principles of cognitive behavioural theory (CBT). On the first day, participants will familiarize themselves with the main aspects of CBT and increase their understanding of the structure and application of treatment. The second day will focus on the application of CBT in individual therapy and problem solving in complex care, specifically through role-playing. In short, the theoretical content, role-playing and supervision will help participants to understand the theoretical basis and the application of interventions arising from CBT among different clients who present with a mental disorder.

Forum – Control measures in psychiatric settings and human rights 24/01/2014
February 27, 2014, Palais des Congrès de Montréal (Room 524a), 1001 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Place, Montréal, Quebec

The goal of this forum is to provide a common ground that will be conducive to a critical analysis of restraint and isolation measures currently practiced in Quebec. In this spirit, the floor will be given to reputable speakers with special interests in the subject as well as innovative practices that may lead to a course of action that shows greater respect for human rights.

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) 16th Annual Conference 24/01/2014
March 25-29, 2014, Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 North Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina (USA)

Under the theme “Advancing Mental Health Across the Lifespan” here are some of the objectives of the conference:

• Describe the current evidence base, research, and outcomes that inform advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing in the treatment of individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan
• Generate health care policy recommendations, which support transformative, comprehensive quality mental health care across the lifespan
• Discuss innovative initiatives and strategies for increasing the knowledge and skills of educators, practitioners, and students in psychiatric-mental health nursing
• Utilize the conference forum as a method to promote discussion, planning, and problem-solving of key issues affecting psychiatric-mental health nursing: healthcare policy, advocacy, global health, international collaboration, and mental health initiatives across the lifespan
• Explore strategies to promote self-care and wellness in educators, practitioners, and students

Late-life suicide and depression 24/01/2014
February 20, 2014, Québec, Québec

Suicide in older adults accounts for 20% of all suicides reported in Quebec. This videoconference will address suicide through evidence-based data, statistics, risk factors, and protective factors. This will be followed by a discussion of care approaches used with older individuals who are at risk.

Webinar: Understanding and preventing suicide among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples 16/01/2014
February 6, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EST)

Suicide rates for all Aboriginal groups are two to 11 times higher than for other Canadians. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal youth. The history of colonization, assimilation policies, and trauma have been identified as underlying causes for these high rates.

In this webinar, presenter Alison Benedict, Program Consultant: Aboriginal Community Engagement, CAMH Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), will examine the impact of these contributing factors through the lens of adverse childhood experiences and social toxicity to provide perspective and context. This understanding will help guide a discussion and review of successful interventions and postventions.

Intended audience: people who work with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in direct care and anyone who has an interest in understanding and preventing suicide among these communities.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre.

Webinar: Understanding and preventing suicide among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples 15/01/2014
February 6, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EST)

Suicide rates for all Aboriginal groups are two to 11 times higher than for other Canadians. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal youth. The history of colonization, assimilation policies, and trauma have been identified as underlying causes for these high rates.

In this webinar, presenter Alison Benedict, Program Consultant: Aboriginal Community Engagement, CAMH Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), will examine the impact of these contributing factors through the lens of adverse childhood experiences and social toxicity to provide perspective and context. This understanding will help guide a discussion and review of successful interventions and postventions.

Intended audience: people who work with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in direct care and anyone who has an interest in understanding and preventing suicide among these communities.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre.

The 2013 Florence Prize from the Quebec Order of Nurses was awarded to Claire Page 06/01/2014
For twenty years, Claire Page has concentrated on improving nursing care and practices in the field of mental health. She is a professor in the department of nursing at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Her work and observations on the subject are based on her fourteen years of experience as a nurse in psychiatric care.

WHO MiNDbank: More Inclusiveness Needed in Disability and Development 06/01/2014
WHO MiNDbank is an online platform bringing together national and international resources for mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. Ending violations against people with mental disabilities is part of the WHO Quality Rights Campaign. MiNDbank aims to facilitate dialogue, advocacy and research, and to promote reform in these areas in accordance with international human rights and best practice standards.

National Conference on Peer Support 16/12/2013
April 30 to May 2, 2014, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, 1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The chosen theme for this inaugural year is “Hope. Empowerment. Recovery. Promoting Growth and Accessibility of Peer Support.” The Canadian Mental Health Association is proud to join Senator Romeo Dallaire by lending a helping hand to promote Canada’s first National Conference on Peer Support. We encourage you to spread the news about this exciting first in Canada by sharing this announcement with as many other organizations and individuals as possible.

Shaping Childhood: Factors that Matter 16/12/2013
January 30 to February 2, 2014, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

This conference will explore the complex nature of the social, physical and biological environments that shape children’s development. Multiple elements interact to create dynamic contexts that contribute significantly to early and lifelong wellbeing. Similarly, children influence their environments to shape their developmental paths. All of these factors matter.

14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) 16/12/2013
June 14 to 18, 2014, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh UK

WAIMH’s central aim is to promote the mental wellbeing and healthy development of infants throughout the world, taking into account cultural, regional, and environmental variations, and to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge. Here are some of this year’s objectives:

• Increased knowledge about mental development and disorders in children from conception to three years of age
• Dissemination of scientific knowledge about services for care, intervention and prevention of mental disorder, and impairment in infancy
• Dissemination of evidence-based knowledge about ways to support the developmental transition to parenthood, as well as the healthy aspects of parenting and care giving environments
• International cooperation of professionals concerned with promoting the optimal development of infants, as well as the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in the early years
• Study of aspects of research, education, and interventions in the above areas

New Research and Best Practice Perinatal Conference 2014 16/12/2013
February 21 to 22, 2014, Coast Coal Harbour, 1180 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

This inaugural conference hosted by Perinatal Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, will be an opportunity for health care professionals who are interested in the care of pregnant women and their newborns to be updated on new research and best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care.

15th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference 16/12/2013
June 20 to 21, 2014, Toronto, Ontario

The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, January 17, 2014.

CMHA’s National Bottom Line 2014 Conference 16/12/2013
Vancouver venue: March 5 and 6, 2014, Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver BC
Calgary venue: March 4 to 6, 2014, Westin Calgary, 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) annual National Bottom Line Conference brings together business leaders, union representatives, policy-makers, researchers, and workers to improve mental health in Canadian workplaces. Last year, on its tenth anniversary in Vancouver, the conference moved to a national stage and expanded to include Calgary Region as a satellite. Calgary delegates experienced both live and teleconferenced speakers, taking in the excitement, value, and benefit that Bottom Line has to offer.

National Health Leadership Conference (NHLC) 2014 16/12/2013
June 2-3 2014, Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Alberta

The theme will be "Raising the bar: A critical time for bold leadership." This conference is the most important gathering of the policy-makers in Canada’s health system. It brings together members of boards of directors, chief executive officers, directors, managers and department heads. Participants represent health regions, authorities and alliances, hospitals, long-term care organizations, public health agencies, community care and mental health services and social services. The conference also attracts participants from government institutions, universities, professional associations, consulting firms and industry.

5th International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health 16/12/2013
February 5 to 7, 2014, Mitland Hotel Utrecht BV, Ariënslaan 1, 3573 PT Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Knowledge in the field of physical therapy in Psychiatry and Mental health emerges faster every day and develops from intuitive interventions, to empirical and, occasionally, precise interventions. Sharing innovative knowledge is essential in the world of today.

Changes in health care are rapidly emerging as well. Members of the IOPTMH have to be and mindful in order to meet society’s new challenges. Therefore the theme of the next conference will be: Physical Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health: “Presence in the World of Today”

2014 Addiction and Mental Health Nursing Conference 16/12/2013
January 23 and 24, 2014, Delta Edmonton South, 4404 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, Alberta

Join us in celebrating the depth and breadth of Addiction & Mental Health Nursing. Learn about emerging and best addiction & mental health nursing practices. Be a part of strengthening and supporting the future of addiction & mental health nursing. Share experiences and make new connections with other nurses.

Canada's Student-Led Mental Health Innovation Summit 16/12/2013
March 1, 2014, MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St, Toronto, Ontario

Unleash the Noise 2014 is the second annual Student Mental Health Innovation Summit in Canada - entirely student inspired, student organized and student led! Each year, this summit brings together 200 students from universities, colleges and high schools across Canada to develop innovative strategies and create one powerful voice for mental health.

2014 NASPA Mental Health Conference 16/12/2013
January 16 to 18, 2014, Loews Coronado Bay, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA (USA)

From health and wellness concerns to multicultural and gender issues, interventions for mental health and collaboration across campus are key to the success of students in academia and beyond. To this end, the conference will explore the following topics:

• Scope of student mental health problems on campus;
• Overall framework for comprehensively addressing mental health;
• Specific strategies successfully implemented by individual campuses; and
• Knowledge and skills needed to create a campus environment that promotes student mental health.

Fourth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society 05/11/2013
14-15 March 2014, University of British Colombia at Robson Square, Vancouver BC, Canada

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Fourth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society. This conference provides a forum for those with a common interest in the fields of human health and wellness, and addresses a range of critically important issues and their social interconnections and implications.

We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in order to contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations, colloquia or panel discussions.

Anxiety Disorders Conference 2013 05/11/2013
November 21, 2013, Midland Hotel, Manchester, United Kingdom

Anxiety UK is pleased to offer an exciting one-day conference integrating cutting-edge contemporary psychological research and clinical practice. Leading experts in the field of anxiety disorders will review the current state of knowledge across a broad range of themes covering effective interventions, research and policy options.

This conference will bring together healthcare professionals to share their knowledge, experience and achievements in diagnosing and managing a variety of anxiety disorders, and bring you up to date on the latest developments in research.

Find out all about DSM-5
November 29, 2013, at the Centre d’enseignement Dr Frédéric-Grunberg, 7401, rue Hochelaga, 3rd floor, Pavillon Bédard, Room BE-322-18, Montreal, Quebec

Journée sur le DSM-5

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) Annual Meeting 05/11/2013
March 14 – 17, 2014, The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, USA

The AAGP Annual Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatric mental health care, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging and mental health, and models of care. The 2014 Annual Meeting will include presentations, workshops, discussion sessions, and interest groups.

International Health Data Linkage Conference 05/11/2013
28-30 April, 2014, Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The goal of this conference is to highlight what is happening in the world of linked population-based data as it applies to public policy regarding health. What are the new and exciting data sources? What fields are most advanced in capitalizing on data to produce evidence for public policy? What evidence are they producing? What can we learn from use of big data in the private sector? Where will we be 10 years from now? Come and help chart that future.

Evidence for the promotion of psychological wellbeing and resilience for the prevention of suicide in circumpolar communities 05/11/2013
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) plans to launch a funding opportunity for the challenge of evaluating interventions aimed at promoting psychological wellbeing and resilience in the prevention of suicide in circumpolar communities. Given the similarities of circumpolar communities and their shared preoccupations, this initiative should be an international undertaking and lead to the participation of various partners, from Canada and the international stage.

The budget would allow up to four teams to perform research for about one year.

Recovery Workforce Summit: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association 2014 Annual Conference 05/11/2013
June 22-25, 2014, Renaissance Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference offers a comprehensive line up of in-depth psychiatric rehabilitation training and enhanced networking opportunities as well as special events to provide participants with the tools they need to help others more effectively.

National Policy for Research and Innovation 05/11/2013
On October 16, Pierre Duchesne, the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, presented the Quebec government policy for research and innovation. This five-year plan will be graced with a $3.7 billion budget. Thanks to this policy, the government hopes to increase research and development investment to 3% of GDP, as is done in the world’s most innovative countries. What’s more, this policy is founded on values of exchange, collaboration and mutual benefit.

This policy will promote the creation of a Quebec-wide network for research innovation (Réseau recherche innovation Québec) in order to bring together nearly 120 knowledge-based organizations supported by the Quebec government.

9th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 05/11/2013
July 14-16, 2014, University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to present and discuss the state-of-the-art information on various aspects of child and adolescent psychopathology. The conference will be of interest to those who are doing research with young people and to those working within child and adolescent mental health, education, social work and youth justice systems.

SAMI webinar: Consideration of First Nations suicide 30/10/2013
The event will take place November 19, 2013, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (EST).

Join a webcast presentation that will look at some factors that have contributed to the high rates of suicide in some First Nation communities, and will explore intervention strategies, with an emphasis on community engagement and psychotherapy. This free webinar will feature Peter Menzies, director of the Northern Ontario Outreach Aboriginal Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

MONTRÉAL WALKS for mental health 17/10/2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Phillips Square, Montréal (Québec)

MONTREAL WALKS invites you to this significant event. The walk follows a 5km route through the streets of downtown Montreal. This event aims to sensitize the population to mental health and to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness.

Relation between place of residence and postpartum depression 16/10/2013
November 13, 2013, 1 to 2 pm EST

EENet Webinar Series

In this free webinar you will learn about the relation between rural and urban settings on the risk of postpartum depression in Canada. Factors that influence postpartum depression differ according to the place of residence and the services available.

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) 07/10/2013
October 6th to 12th 2013

MIAW is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Canadian Psychological Association 75th Annual Convention 07/10/2013
June 5 to June 7, 2014, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC

The Convention Committee invites submissions to 75th Annual Convention.

Your completed submission must be received online by December 1, 2013.

Second Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2014) 03/10/2013
June 23 and 24, 2014, Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore

The theme of the 2014 conference is health disparities. As a key part of the health-care workforce, nurses are at the forefront in providing health care. They carry out their work in a global context of increasing social, economic and cultural inequities, which have an impact on health. Addressing global health concerns and working toward equity and access to health care are major challenges facing current and future nursing practitioners, educators and health service managers.

The WNC aims to explore progress in nursing practices, management and education in relation to health disparities as well as a range of other topics. Through networking and sharing, the WNC will provide an opportunity for nursing practitioners and educators to exchange research results, models of best practice and innovative ideas.

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is pleased to announce that the Communities of Interest (CoIs) initiative has started a second year! 24/09/2013
Last year, EENet supported 14 CoIs. This year, the network is pleased to award support to 12. Renewed funding from the Drug Treatment Funding Program has helped make this possible. In addition, the network has developed a partnership with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health to support three CoIs focused on the said program and addictions.

Prenatal Depression: What is the connection among an immigrant status, depressive symptoms, and the frequency and origins of violence? 24/09/2013
September 30th, 2013, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges, Rooms 350-352, 3rd floor, Montreal, Quebec

Approximately 20% of pregnant women run a high risk of prenatal depression. Little is known about various challenges linked to immigrant women. This meeting will present study results that sought to better understand mental health among pregnant immigrant women as well as the link between depression and being victims of violence.

A presentation by the CSSS de la Montagne and the METISS team

Trauma Guidelines Now Available In French on EEnet Website 20/09/2013
Guidelines have now been translated to French in order to further support organizations that provide substance use treatment services for women. Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women's Substance Use Services will help you understand the interconnections of trauma with substance use, and provide better care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma. The guidelines were developed by the Jean Tweed Centre, in consultation with service providers, experts, and women with lived experience from across Ontario.

Lunch seminars Working with a mental disorder: A social stigma to manage individually 11/09/2013
September 18, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., CLSC Métro, 1801 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West, 5th Floor, Rooms 5A-5B, Montréal (Quebec)

Today, many people who have a transient mental disorder (such as depression or burnout) are often suspected of not suffering from a “real” illness, or of “pretending” to be sick when they miss work because of their disorder. The conference will address the stigma experienced by workers and the strategies they developed to cope with their diagnostic label.

This series of lunch seminars is organized by the METISS team and the CSSS de la Montagne Research and Training Centre.

DeStress for Success 06/09/2013
September 12, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dr. Frédéric-Grundberg Teaching Unit, Bédard Pavilion, 7401 Hochelaga Street, 3rd floor, Montréal (Quebec)

Training workshop given by a team from the Centre for Studies on Human Stress.

Registration deadline: September 6, 2013

International Psychology Conference Dubai 06/09/2013
November 1-2, 2013, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

This is currently the only conference event in the Gulf Region that focuses specifically on professional practice in ALL areas of psychology (organisational, clinical, counselling, forensic, among others). The event brings together psychologists and related practitioners from around the region for workshops, papers and discussions. Several leading international keynote speakers will appear with state-of-the-art expertise in areas such as the DSM5 controversy, leadership and career development, criminal profiling and other topics.

New “third wave” cognitive behavioural therapies for mood and anxiety disorders 06/09/2013
Friday, November 8, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dr. Frédéric-Grundberg Teaching Unit, Bédard Pavilion, 7401 Hochelaga Street, 3rd floor, Montréal (Quebec)

Speaker: Alain Taillefer, Psychologist

• Scientific context in which third wave CBT developed;
• Evidence-based data of these therapies versus traditional CBT;
• Theoretical and clinical specificities of third wave therapies
• Integrative synthesis proposal and how to bring them together

Mental health conference 2013 06/09/2013
November 21, 2013, Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Road, Camden, London (United Kingdom)

According to the Department of Health, one in every four adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, making mental health the single largest cause of disability in our society. With this in mind, Government Knowledge (GovKnow) are proud to present their 2nd Annual Mental Health Conference 2013, a forum for discussion and debate around the key issues in mental health and best practice solutions going forward.

Building on the success of their 1st Annual Mental Health Conference in October 2012, this event will bring together stakeholders in mental health including policy makers, decision-makers, influencers, experts, caregivers and service users to discuss the current challenges in mental health and the policy required to meet these challenges.

Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family 06/09/2013
April 25-27, 2014, Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, California (United States)

This conference will bring together researchers, educators, policy-makers, and providers from across disciplines with members of the judiciary and those with lived experience. The primary aim is to share knowledge and experience, to advance the rights and highlight the needs of families striving to live well with parental mental health challenges. Related objectives include provision of an interactive forum to discuss common experiences, effective and evidence-based support and advocacy strategies, and contemporary, cutting-edge research.

Mental health nursing expertise: Wealth to share! 26/08/2013
Tuesday, October 29, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Québec City Convention Centre, 1000 René-Lévesque Boulevard East, Québec City (Quebec)

The report of the Health and Welfare Commissioner, “Pour plus d’équité et de résultats en santé mentale au Québec, quels sont les rôles pour la profession infirmière?”(Improving mental health equity and results in Quebec: The role of nursing) includes five major recommendations and fifteen concrete actions to improve the system’s performance. This report was produced for the purpose of consolidating knowledge acquired in the last few years and to better respond to individuals who have a mental health problem. It highlights the gaps which require a review of resource allocation to optimize the service offer.

The mental health symposium will be facilitated by Michel Venne, M.Sc. (Political Science), General Director and Founder of the Institut du Nouveau Monde. Key stakeholders will debate the role of nurses in the field of mental health, and the implementation of the Commissioner’s recommendations. A recap of exchanges with participants will follow.

Mental health and social intervention symposium 22/07/2013
October 7, 2013, Grande Bibliothèque, 475 De Maisonneuve Boulevard East, Montréal (Quebec)

Participants are invited to attend a debate with Vincent De Gaulejac, sociologist and sociology professor at Paris Diderot University. Vincent de Gaulejac has authored 20 publications, and manages the clinical sociology collection at ÉRÈS. He also heads the Laboratoire de Changement Social since 1981. The Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec will soon launch a key publication on the topic.

17th Annual Public Health Days (JASP) 22/07/2013
November 25-27, 2013, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard Ouest, Montréal (Quebec)

Under the theme of “Emprunter des voies convergentes” (Taking convergent paths), this year’s annual professional training event is the result of a collective effort by the Quebec health network. Inspired by the continuing education needs of the network and its multisectoral partners, JASP program will include updates regarding new challenges and recent knowledge on the most well-known issues.

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for anyone interested in presenting a research project, public health intervention or evaluation, or knowledge transfer activity. The submission deadline is September 6, 2013.

4th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference 22/07/2013
September 20-22, 2013, The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois (United States)

This three-day international conference will explore the field of Integrative Medicine in the treatment of mental health, autism, and related disorders. The current trial-and-error, poly-pharmacy approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorders may not work for everyone. Research studies have revealed that many disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders often have dietary and biological causes that contribute to symptoms. Patients have better outcomes when these causes are successfully addressed and treated through a combination of specialized testing and nutritional therapies, even in combination with traditional approaches.

Northern Pediatric Days 16/07/2013
October 9-10, 2013, Novotel, 1180 De la Montagne Street, Montréal (Quebec)

The Northern Pediatric Days are organized by the Northern and Native Child Health Program for doctors and nurses working in an extended role in Quebec’s northern regions. This event will provide the opportunity to get together and discuss clinical updates in pediatrics. Topics to be discussed are child development, infectious disease, dermatology, mental health, emergency care, and pulmonology.

There will be poster presentations during this event in order to share the success of clinical intervention projects or research findings. Projects must be related to clinical practice with pediatric patients in remote and isolated regions of Quebec, such as Nunavik, James Bay or the Basse-Côte-Nord. If you and your team would like to present a project, you may submit an abstract for poster presentation using our online form. The submission deadline is July 22.

The 17th Annual Public Health Days (JASP) 14/06/2013
November 25-27, 2013, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel, 900 René-Levesque Boulevard West, Montréal (Quebec)

This year’s theme will be “Emprunter des vois convergentes” (Taking convergent paths). We are currently accepting abstract submissions for anyone interested in presenting a research project, public health intervention or evaluation, or knowledge transfer activity. The submission deadline is September 6, 2013.

4th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference 14/06/2013
September 20-22, 2013, The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois (United States)

This three-day international conference will explore the field of integrative medicine in the treatment of mental health, autism, and related disorders. The current trial-and-error, poly-pharmacy approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorders may not work for everyone. Research studies have revealed that many disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders often have dietary and biological causes which contribute to symptoms. Patients have better outcomes when these causes are successfully addressed and treated through a combination of specialized testing and nutritional therapies, even in combination with traditional approaches.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Communities of Interest focused on child and youth mental health and addictions 12/06/2013
Evidence Exchange Network, in partnership with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, is seeking Expressions of Interest from child and youth mental health and addictions stakeholders in Ontario to develop or enhance Communities of Interest (CoIs) focused on topics specifically related to mental health and addictions in children and youth (0-18 years of age). Together, we will support successful applicant groups by providing human and technological resources, and seed funding of up to $4,500 per CoI for activities and initiatives.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please read the Call for Expressions of Interest overview and application form. The deadline to submit applications is 5pm on Friday, July 5, 2013.

“Dietitians and Community Mental Health” project 10/06/2013
The goal of the project is to develop a nutrition and mental health research agenda that focuses on policy and practice mechanisms in view of increasing access to and quality of dietetic services in community mental health settings. The collaborative process will include mental health service providers, dietitians and dietetic educators, policymakers, and people with lived experience of mental illness. Incorporating the voices of stakeholders will help identify areas where investments in research can most improve the community mental health system.

Not Myself Today 10/06/2013
The Not Myself Today was created to proactively deal with the issue of mental health in Canada. This is especially critical at work, where so many of us spend so many hours a day. As an employer or an employee, you can help drive much-needed change starting now.

Progress report on their “Action Plan for Mental Health 2011-2018” 10/06/2013
The government of New Brunswick recently released a progress report on their “Action Plan for Mental Health 2011-2018” The progress report describes measures implemented during the first two years of the action plan.

The Youth Voice
June 11, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Join blogger Arthur Gallant for a live chat on how to involve the youth voice in mental health and addictions initiatives. The chat will take place on EENet Connect, under “Chat Events.” Arthur Gallant is co‐chairman of the Service User Expert Panel and a member of the Provincial Collaborative Advisory Group; both bodies advise the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative.

World Hearing Voices Congress 10/06/2013
November 20-22, 2013, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne (Australia)

Traditionally held in Europe, this extraordinary conference brings together the world’s leading experts on hearing voices and recovery. Unlike any other event in mental health, this congress is filled with hope, innovative thinking and collaboration. It is consumer-led, but is developed by a working group that also includes members from all mental health disciplines, practice settings, caregivers and families, and also takes the latest research as well as multicultural and indigenous perspectives into account. This event is intended for voice hearers, consumers, service users, clinicians, community workers, carers and family, researchers and students, who will experience three days of new ideas, collaborative conversations, innovative research and practice, and stories of hope and creativity.

Conservation Ontario launches Healthy Hikes Challenge 10/06/2013
The goal of Healthy Hikes is to get Ontarians to visit and become active in Ontario’s Conservation Areas and to use this experience to increase their understanding about the many connections between health and the environment. Not only is hiking a great way to stay physically fit, but recent research also points to the mental health benefits of exposure to natural settings or “green spaces.”

2013 World Mental Health Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health 10/06/2013
August 25-28, 2013, Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2013 World Mental Health Congress is an opportunity for all stakeholders to identify and discuss significant mental health issues and also to stimulate the government as well as non-governmental organizations to increase the effectiveness of their mental health programmes. Mental health is an important health issue everywhere and with the World Health Organization issuing a Global Mental Health Action Plan from 2013 to 2020, now is the time to work together to succeed.

OIIQ continuous training 04/06/2013
Cognitive behavioural therapy interventions

The purpose of this two-day training is to improve intervention skills according to the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Day 1
You will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the main aspects of CBT (origin, principles and intervention philosophy) and to understand the structure and application of treatment. Through role-playing, you will practice techniques such as cognitive dissonance, Socratic questioning, the search for alternatives and belief modification.

Day 2
The focus will be on the application of CBT in individual situations and problem solving in complex care, including role-playing. You will also learn to assess the effect of interventions using specific grids such as the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), the Revised Beliefs About Voices Questionnaire (BAVQ-R) for auditory hallucinations, and the Maudsley Assessment of Delusions Schedule (MADS). In short, the theoretical content, role-playing and supervision will help you better understand the theoretical basis and the application of interventions arising from CBT among different clients who present with a mental disorder.

OIIQ 2013 Florence Awards 04/06/2013
The Florence awards highlight the outstanding contribution of nurses who, through their commitment, actions and quality of their achievements, have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following categories: community engagement, excellence of care, leadership, health promotion, disease prevention, nursing research, international outreach and emerging professionals. Exceptionally this year, there will be no recipient of the Florence award in the health promotion category.

Claire Page has been named the winner of the OIIQ’s leadership category.

International Academy for Suicide Research (IASR) – World Congress on Suicide 31/05/2013
June 10-13, 2013, Hyatt Regency, 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, Montréal (Québec)

The 2013 IASR World Congress is the first of its kind. It is the first meeting of the International Academy for Suicide Research (IASR), organized by the Quebec Suicide Research Network (RQRS), in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and in collaboration with the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS), the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and the Fédération Trauma Suicide Liaison Urgence (TSLU). This meeting will provide an inspiring forum for high-level discussions on suicide research, suicide prevention and intervention.

The theme of the congress is Suicide: From research to practice.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) Presents COPE Student Mental Health Initiative at McMaster University with National Award 27/05/2013
MDSC was extremely proud to present COPE: a Student Mental Health Initiative at McMaster University with the Jordan James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award for their outstanding contribution to mental health education and anti-stigma activities by actively engaging students and staff in understanding and accepting mental illness and the importance of mental health.

2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities 24/05/2013
September 9 to 11, 2013, Centre des congrès de Québec, 1000, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Québec (Québec)

Under the theme of Living and Aging Together in our Community, this major gathering welcomes every person that is concerned by aging of populations, whether from municipal administration, the health, social, and community services sector, urban planning and transport, the research milieu, or any of the governmental various levels.

Networks Leadership Symposium 2013 13/05/2013
November 12-13, 2013, Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria (British Columbia)

If Networks Are The Answer, What Is The Question? Rethinking Networks

This two-day symposium focuses on re-thinking networks and includes such themes as:

·Should we be re-thinking networks?
·What do we know about creating and managing networks?
·How do we know if networks are working?
·How do we sustain or transform networks over time, or wind them down?

Interested in exploring the science and practice of inter-organizational networks? If you're a network leader, practitioner, decision maker, clinician, researcher, policy maker, or student interested in networks, this symposium is a great opportunity for you to learn about the most current thinking and practice from experts in the field!

Registration is now open.

Mental Health in the Workplace 08/05/2013
May 16, 2013, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Douglas Mental Health University Institute, 6875 LaSalle Boulevard, Bowerman Room, Dobell Pavilion, Montréal (Québec)

This is a breakfast conference organized by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie du Sud-Ouest de Montréal (CCISOM) on the issue of mental health in the workplace.

Metal health stigma: Impeding full citizenship 08/05/2013
May 9, 2013, Dr. Frédéric Grunberg Teaching Unit, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, Room BE-3387, Montréal (Québec)

The purpose of this event is to promote reflection on mental health stigma and its consequences on affected individuals. Stigma is prejudice; a label that is attached to human beings, defining them as being “crazy” or “mentally handicapped.”

Through various presentations, the speakers will address how stigma can impede, even today, access to care and services, return to work and social integration. The day will be followed by an open conference on the media's role in the treatment of mental health in Quebec.

Stigma and media: helpful or harmful? 08/05/2013
May 9, 2013, Dr. Frédéric Grunberg Teaching Unit, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, Room BE-3349, Montréal (Québec)

The purpose of this event is to promote reflexion on the role of media in the treatment of mental health.

The opening conference will present the evolution of how mental health has been perceived throughout the ages and will be followed by a panel of various stakeholders who use the media to reach the general public.

First IRSPUM scientific conference – Call for abstracts 08/05/2013
The IRSPUM will hold its first scientific conference on October 18 at the Université de Montréal.

The management of chronic diseases is a good indicator of the health system’s capacity to take complex health problems into account. Recent research on this issue has helped explore other ways to design prevention and intervention activities in this area, in line with new public health discourse. This priority topic is at the heart of this international conference, which fits into the context of the recently signed G3 agreement between the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and universities of Geneva and Montréal.

The deadline to submit your candidacy is May 31, 2013.

Global Mental Health forum: Sustainable development through global action 08/05/2013
September 27-28, 2013, The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London (United Kingdom)

This year’s forum aims to encourage the sharing of evidence and experience to strengthen the case for greater investment in mental health research and services around the world—especially in low and middle income countries. Forum topics include: capacity-building, integrating mental health, programme development and implementation, scaling-up, evaluation, consumer experiences of care, mental health policies and plans, and financing mental health. The forum will include plenary sessions; however, it will largely consist of submitted symposia, workshops and oral and poster presentations.

We invite researchers, mental health workers, consumers, clinicians, policymakers, funders, health service providers, caregivers, advocates and students to contribute to the programme by submitting abstracts for symposia, workshops as well as oral and poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5 p.m. GMT.

The “Defeat Depression Campaign” is taking on depression and stigma in a big way! 01/05/2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013, across Canada

In communities across this country, mental health organizations, community groups, caring companies and concerned employees as well as volunteers are organizing local walks, runs, rides and other events to raise awareness about depression and other mood disorders. Their goal is to reduce the stigma that is unfairly associated with a mental illness. This campaign will also raise funds to help local non-profit mental health organizations provide services and support.

Mental Illness Week: The Merveilleuses Têtes Heureuses present Parle pas de t’ça (Don’t talk about that!) 24/04/2013
May 9, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Théâtre du Cégep de Trois-Rivières,
3175 Laviolette Boulevard,
Trois-Rivières (Québec)

As part of Mental Illness Week, the Regroupement des organismes de base en santé mentale (ROBSM), a coalition of mental health organizations, invites you to watch their play Parle pas de t’ça (Don’t talk about that!). Through this play about mental health intervention and awareness, ROBSM and its partners aim to create connections between people struggling with mental health problems and the rest of the population. The purpose of this activity is also to foster positive exchanges among participants in order to change negative perceptions and social attitudes.

Discussion workshop for people 50 and over 16/04/2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 10 a.m. to noon, Lajeunesse Community Recreation Centre, 7378 Lajeunesse Street, Montréal (Quebec)

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Montréal Branch and the Réseau FADOQ – Montréal Region are organizing a discussion workshop focusing on positive mental health for people 50 and over.

This discussion workshop will review our individual and collective perception of mental health. It will also give individuals the opportunity to share strategies for taking care of this important aspect of our lives. Essential elements to consider include issues regarding social networks, happiness and the meaning we give to life.

Childhood and adolescent stress: Recognizing it for better control 16/04/2013
May 2, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Montréal Mental Health University Institute, Dr. Frédéric Grunberg Teaching Unit, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, Room BE-3349, Montréal (Québec)

This conference aims to help parents and teachers recognize the physical and psychological signs of acute and chronic stress in children and adolescents.

We will discuss

• factors known to provoke stress responses in children and adolescents;
• stress sensitivity based on age;
• avenues for intervention that have been proven to reduce stress response in humans.

Treatment of concurrent disorders: What are the best practices? 16/04/2013
April 30, 2013, noon to 2 p.m., Montréal Mental Health University Institute, Dr. Frédéric Grunberg Teaching Unit, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, Room BE-3349, Montréal (Québec)

We will examine current evidence-based practices, especially among young adults who are diagnosed with concurrent disorders.

Isolation and restraint: What are the best practices? 16/04/2013
May 8, 2013, noon to 2 p.m., Montréal Mental Health University Institute, Dr. Frédéric Grunberg Teaching Unit, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, Room BE-3349, Montréal (Québec)

In recent years, reducing isolation and restraint has become a priority in several countries.

• What have we learned about the subject?
• What are the best practices?
• Can we decrease their use? If yes, how?

This presentation will discuss how research on the subject has progressed, highlight some recent discoveries as well as provide an update on where we are and where this could lead.

What is Mental Health First Aid? 16/04/2013
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Strengthening Mental Health Supports for Postsecondary Students 09/04/2013
Ontario is investing $27 million over three years to provide new services and supports to postsecondary students at Ontario's colleges and universities. The funding is part of Ontario's comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

May 6-12, 2013 is National Mental Health Week! 05/04/2013
Each year during the first week of May, the Quebec Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association organizes National Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is: Tu es formidable, le sais-tu? (Do you know how amazing you are?).

Conference of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies 27/03/2013
May 23-25, 2013, Montréal (Quebec)

Registration and Submission now open!

Submissions must be received no later than January 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (EST), and can only be submitted via the conference submission portal. Decisions on submissions will be communicated in February 2013. If your submission is accepted, you will be required to register by May 1, 2013 and attend the conference.

Second International Youth Mental Health Conference 26/03/2013
September 30 to October 2, 2013, Brighton Dome, Brighton (United Kingdom)

Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical time for personal development. The major threat to this comes from mental ill health with 75% of mental and substance use disorders emerging by age 25. Latest research reveals the complex interplay of genes, environment, psychological and social factors underpinning the development of these conditions in young people. These conditions can have a devastating impact on young people’s potential to establish their own independence and goals. Yet most of these conditions are very treatable and, if caught early, most people will make a good recovery. Early access and engagement is crucial but traditional health services are not youth friendly. Major gaps exist between adolescent and adult services⎯just at the stage when early intervention could be most effective.

New models are emerging of youth mental health services that embrace therapeutic optimism and incorporate the principals of prevention, early intervention, and recovery. They place young people and their families at the centre of decisions about service and policy development. Youth-friendly accessibility, engagement, and age-appropriate interventions are key to their success.

DSM-5 and the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis 26/03/2013
June 4-5, 2013, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, London (United Kingdom)

Mental health practitioners and researchers around the world anticipate the publication of the DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Association, which is expected within the first few months of 2013. Discussions about the DSM-5 have stretched well beyond the world of academic psychiatry, becoming a matter of intense public interest and media coverage.

The aim of this conference is to have a rigorous and comprehensive discussion of the clinical, research, and public health implications of the DSM-5. The perspective is international and speakers will include top scientists, key policy makers, patient representatives, and primary care clinicians.

Francophone ethnocultural communities of Ontario: Building a healthy, inclusive and equitable community 06/03/2013
Webinar – Friday, March 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This webinar aims to share experiences, resources and services under review in order to better serve the Francophone ethnocultural population of Ontario. The cultural skills, difficulties and resilience of newly arrived immigrants will be addressed. The specific needs of this population, including the double minority status of Francophone immigrants, will also be discussed.

Training on intercultural relations in mental health 06/03/2013
April 24 and May 1, 2013, CMHA – Montréal Branch, 55 Mont-Royal Avenue West, Suite 605, Montréal (Québec)

This two-day training is an opportunity to learn more about intercultural intervention and to discuss practices with other professionals in terms of service adaptation, prevention and well-being promotion.

Fighting psychological distress in the workplace: Challenges facing managers 06/03/2013
March 26-27, 2013, CMHA – Montréal Branch, 55 Mont-Royal Avenue West, Suite 605, Montréal (Québec)

This training session is intended for private and public company managers, human resources managers, labour relations professionals as well as health, safety and well-being committee members.


• Health, stress, distress and burnout: definition and understanding
• Reducing stress at work: risk and protective factors
• Interventions for at-risk individuals
• Interventions for employees with emotional problems
• Keeping your balance

Handling difficult situations in elderly care 06/03/2013
March 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

Caregivers or volunteers are often unsure of how to deal with an elderly individual’s difficult temperament or disruptive behaviour. Learning to quickly recognize and interpret such behaviours will help them adapt interventions to each situation, thus preserving the relationship quality and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

Intended for individuals providing care to older adults, this conference aims to explore different intervention strategies for difficult situations among patients presenting personality disorders, cognitive deficits or aggressive behaviours, while taking the caregiver’s work context into account.

A personality test predicts problems in certain adolescents 06/03/2013
The Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) helps reliably measure and predict if an adolescent is at risk of having substance abuse or mental health problems within 18 months. Developed by Université de Montréal researchers, its effectiveness has been tested many times in Canada, the UK, China, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

Mental health, substance misuse and homelessness among youth: A better understanding for better interventions 06/03/2013
April 9, 2013, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Douglas Hall, 6875 LaSalle Boulevard, Montréal (Quebec)

This training session aims to create a better picture of the current situation and to better understand evaluation methods and interventions regarding cases of mental illness, substance use and homelessness.

It is intended for care providers and administrators in the fields of prevention, treatment, or any other field involving youth aged 15 to 30 years who are at risk for, or are experiencing, concurrent mental disorders and substance abuse, and who are or have been homeless.

Regional days on elderly suicide 05/03/2013
Quebec’s suicide prevention association, the AQPS, would like to stimulate the creation and development of regional partnerships, while increasing awareness on different aspects of the problem, so that individuals and organizations can plan and implement elderly suicide prevention actions in their region.

Next regional days

Mauricie region: Auberge Gouverneur Shawinigan, 1100 Promenade du Saint-Maurice, Shawinigan (Québec)

Abitibi-Témiscamingue region: Lorrainville (Québec)

16th International Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) 05/03/2013
October 1-4, 2013, COEX, Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-731 (South Korea)

A wide range of scientific programs will be organized under the theme “Towards successful aging: Harmony of mental, physical and social life.” The Congress will address advances in the treatment of dementia, depression and other mental disorders in older adults, as well as the improvement of care quality, in a diverse, multidisciplinary and open forum.

IPA has held international congresses since it was founded in 1982. As the most highly acclaimed meeting in the field of mental health and aging for older people, IPA 2013 is expected to draw over 1000 participants from around the world.

New issue 22/02/2013
This latest issue of the Revue haïtienne de santé mentale (Haitian mental health journal) is entitled La santé mentale en Haïti après le 12 janvier 2010 (Mental health in Haiti after January 12, 2010). It features 22 articles in 203 pages, and also includes the Acts of the first scientific congress of the Haitian Association of Psychology (AHPsy).

To purchase a copy, please go to the Mental Health and Haitian Communities website and follow instructions.

Seventh International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 13/02/2013
June 23-27, 2013 Los Angeles, CA (United States)

The conference will explore exciting research and innovative practices focused on client-centred social work amid Hollywood’s world-famous landmarks. Conference sub-themes include the following:

• Client groups in health and mental health
• Integrated service settings in health, mental health and substance abuse
• Diversity in health and mental health
• Recovery
• Families and friends in the recovery process
• De-stigmatization of mental illness and health problems
• Interest organizations, recovery, and de-stigmatization
• Social policy, health, and mental health
• Health equity
• Evidence-based practice
• Practice-based research

This conference will allow participants to meet, engage, learn from and collaborate with an international gathering of social work practitioners and academics.

Collaborative mental health care experiences in the state of Washington 12/02/2013
March 8, 2013, Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, Dr. Frédéric Grunberg Teaching Unit, 7401 Hochelaga Street, Bédard Pavilion, 3rd floor, Room BE 3387, Montréal (Québec)

Study demonstrates the health benefits of coming out of the closet 12/02/2013
Lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGBs) who are out to others have lower stress hormone levels and fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression, and burnout, according to researchers at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

Public and citizen participation of mental health service users: What’s in store? 12/02/2013
February 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m., TÉLUQ, 5800 Saint-Denis Street, Room 11.O51, Montréal (Quebec)

This panel conference is organized by the Projet montréalais de participation (Montréal participation project) in collaboration with students from TÉLUQ’s graduate diploma in mental health. Speakers will present the findings of several research projects on public and citizen participation among mental health service users within the 2005-2010 Mental Health Action Plan.

A round table discussion will allow the public to participate in identifying actions most likely to improve public and citizen participation among mental health service users in the years to come.

For further information or to register, please contact Sylvain Caron by February 18 at 514-525-5060 or at projet.representation.mtl@gmail.com.

5th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health 06/02/2013
March 4-7, 2013, Lima (Peru)

The International Association for Women’s Mental Health will present an innovative program focusing on the psychosocial, biological and clinical sciences of women’s mental health from individual, family, society, community and global perspectives. Through a series of keynote lectures, symposia, plenaries, paper sessions, posters and workshops, we will explore the psychosocial, economic and cultural contexts as well as the genetic, cellular, neural, hormonal and pharmacologic aspects of women’s mental health.

Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health (TRAM) 06/02/2013
The Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are pleased to launch a call for expressions of interest through their partnership, TRAM, for an upcoming research network.

The goal of the network is to unite patient and family representatives, policy makers, researchers, service providers, community organizations and other appropriate stakeholders. Together, they will act collectively to improve, within five years, Canada's ability to identify young people with mental illness, and improve the timeliness and quality of care provided to them.

Understanding and improved interventions for people with a personality disorder 06/02/2013
April 11-12, 2013, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, 2601 De la Canardière Road, Room J-1617, Québec City (Quebec)

Interventions for people with a personality disorder are always challenging, regardless of the profession or theoretical approach involved. The personality disorder client program team of Québec City’s mental health university institute has worked with this clientele for the past twenty years and has also provided supervision and training to hundreds of professionals. This training is intended for any network professional interested in improving their understanding of and interventions for this difficult clientele.

How to avoid burnout 31/01/2013
February 19, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 5:55 p.m., Mont-Royal Avenue West, Suite 605, Montréal (Quebec)

Canadian Mental Health Association training – Montréal Branch

The main themes of this training session are: the burnout phenomenon, its causes, actions to take, and prevention methods. It was developed to equip participants so that they can effectively and adequately face occupational challenges, while maintaining their health and well-being at work.

This training is intended for private and public company managers, human resources managers, labour relations professionals, health, safety and well-being committee members, as well as any other professionals from public, private and community networks.

Spaces are limited! Please register as soon as possible by filling out the form and submit via email or fax before February 12, 2013.

Sacred Trust: Healing in Aboriginal Culture 25/01/2013
March 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Royal Ottawa Health Centre, Associates in
Psychiatry Auditorium, 1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa (Ontario)

The goal of this one-day conference is to provide mental health clinicians with essential information to understand the unique cultural, spiritual and political issues affecting Aboriginals. Understanding these important issues will improve the effectiveness of mental health clinicians when providing care to Aboriginal persons.

In these workshops, participants will

• gain a better understanding of the mental health issues of Aboriginal persons;
• learn ways that mental health providers can facilitate recovery of cultural identity in Aboriginal health;
• better understand the historical, economic, sociological, and psychological barriers Aboriginal people face in seeking mental health services;
• explore ways that Aboriginal teachings can be incorporated into mental health services.

Better access to mental health services for Aboriginal kids 25/01/2013
Ontario is adding more than 80 new mental health and addictions workers across the province to help almost 4000 Aboriginal children and young people get better access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services.

Through the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, these new workers will provide counseling, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and a range of traditional health services, including traditional teachings and ceremonies.

2013 Network Leadership Training Academy 25/01/2013
May 29-31, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, 1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO (United States)

The Research Program on Collaborative Governance at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs invites you to participate in the 2013 Network Leadership Training Academy. This three-day comprehensive workshop is intended for program directors, coalition leaders, and middle to senior managers to learn how to address the challenges of building, managing, and evaluating effective interorganizational networks.

Registration is open now! Space is limited. If interested, please contact Sara Sprong at rpcg@ucdenver.edu for more information.

2013 National Mental Health Conference 25/01/2013
March 19-21, 2013, Delta Hotel, 350 Saint Mary Avenue, Winnipeg (Manitoba)

This event is sponsored by the Mood Disorders Associations of Manitoba.

The conference will focus on the following themes:

• Mental health challenges and the criminal justice system

• Mental health challenges and aboriginal communities

• Mental health challenges in the education system

• Mental health challenges in society today

Celebrating a new era in workplace mental health: Putting national standards into practice 25/01/2013
February 27-28, 2013, Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver (British Columbia)

Bottom Line Conference 2013 is a national conference that addresses what you need to know about promoting psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. 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. Attend Bottom Line 2013 to learn more and discuss practical ways to adopt the first-ever national standard.

Immigrant and refugee children: Rights and access to health care in Canada 25/01/2013
March 26-27, 2013, Jewish General Hospital, Block Amphitheatre (B-106), 3755 Côte Sainte-Catherine Road, Montréal (Quebec)

This lecture is free and open to all. Please contact Francesca Meloni to register at: francesca.meloni@mail.mcgill.ca

Are you ready to connect the dots? 25/01/2013
February 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., City Hall, l00 Queen Street West, Toronto (Ontario)

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Toronto division presents the Opening Doors Project

Migration – Discrimination – Mental Health

This day-long participatory session aims to raise awareness about the impact of migration, racism and other forms of discrimination on the mental health of newcomers and refugees.

Through popular theatre activities and interactive discussions, the workshop will develop professional skills in order to foster welcoming communities for newcomers and refugees dealing with mental health issues.

Registration is free for participants and closes on Monday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m.

IRSPUM seminar on the multilevel determinants of workplace mental health 23/01/2013
January 30, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., IRSPUM, Université de Montréal, Room 3165-2, Pavilion at 7101 Parc Avenue, Montréal (Québec)

Alain Marchand, full professor at the School of Industrial Relations at the Université de Montréal, will present the conference. Workplace mental health is an important public health issue with significant impact on the functioning of businesses and society as a whole. Alain Marchand will present a synthesis of research results that are based on a multilevel theory of the determinants of mental health.

Comorbidity and dimensions of DSM-5: Towards the most appropriate treatments 14/01/2013
March 15, 2013, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Douglas Hall, Douglas Institute, 6875 LaSalle Boulevard, Montréal (Québec)

The upcoming publication of DSM-5 has revived interest in dimensional psychiatry. Participants will be asked to apply the dimensional approach to two clinical cases. The goal of this conference is to discuss the origins and development of the dimensional approach, namely regarding DSM-5; to apply the dimensional approach in complex clinical case analyses, to learn how to use dimensional evaluation tools; and to integrate the dimensional approach in treatment plans for complex cases.

Mental Health First Aid is among the best 14/01/2013
Mental Health First Aid Canada has been selected by the Public Health Agency of Canada as an effective intervention for chronic disease prevention and health promotion practice. The nationally respected Best Practice Portal has been compiling a database of chronic disease prevention and health promotion practices since 2001. Its aim is to “improve policy and program decision-making by enabling access to the best available evidence,” also known as Best Practice Interventions. Each intervention is selected against comprehensive selection criteria, and has been reviewed for quality as well as evidence of positive contributions to chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

Graduate students in distress: How to recognize warning signs and avoid violent results of stress, strain and strife 14/01/2013
Online webinar – January 17, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, and/or Thursday, April 4, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Graduate students have a unique set of circumstances that can cause stress, strain, and strife when pursuing their studies at a college or university. These challenges can get in the way of their academic progress, social lives, and general wellness, and in some cases exacerbate existing mental health problems. As the world tragically learned following the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, these issues can have unimaginable consequences, causing students to snap and become violent.

Updating progress on the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace 14/01/2013
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is championing the development of a National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, which is scheduled for release in early 2013. It is a voluntary standard intended to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will enable them to develop and continuously improve psychologically safe and healthy workplaces.

The project is supported through funding by the Government of Canada (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada), Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and Bell. Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and CSA Group (CSA) collaborated to develop the Standard, which will be available free of charge for the first five years to encourage its implementation.

The ultimate goal of the Standard is to take a complex subject and make it easier for employers to take steps to prevent mental injury, reduce psychological risk and promote a mentally healthier workplace.

Following the Standard’s launch in both French and English in January, copies will be available from www.ShopCSA.ca or www.bnq.qc.ca, where it can be downloaded following a brief registration.

Violence at work: Current and future perspectives of best management practices 14/01/2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dr. Frédéric-Grundberg Teaching Unit, Bédard Pavilion, 7401 Hochelaga Street, 3rd floor, Room BE-3337, Montréal (Québec)

These webinars are organized by the VISAGE research team at the Trauma Studies Centre to foster knowledge sharing and transfer about violence in the workplace, while taking sex and gender aspects into account.

14th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference 08/01/2013
June 27-28, 2013, Delta Centre-Ville, 777 University Street, Montréal (Quebec)

Collaboration and complexity: Seeking out new forms of life

Collaborative models improve access to mental health care and clinical outcomes. At this conference, providers, consumers and funders will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and explore future collaborative initiatives for enhanced experiences of seeking and receiving care.

More information about the abstract submission process will be available shortly. The submission deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Mental Health Commission of Canada call for Youth Council applications 07/01/2013
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recognizes that empowering and collaborating with youth is essential to improving our mental health care system; with as many as 70 per cent of young adults living with mental health problems or illnesses reporting that symptoms started in childhood. We are currently seeking applications for four new members of the Youth Council.

This call for members is open until 5pm (MST) on January 11, 2013. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed the week of January 21, 2013 by phone or over Skype, and new members will be notified the week of January 28, 2013. The first meeting of the new Youth Council will take place in the spring of 2013.

Improving mental health equity and outcomes 07/12/2012
In his fourth appraisal report, the commissioner addresses mental health care and services performance. The report was tabled in the National Assembly on December 5, 2012.

Deinstitutionalisation and after: Post-war psychiatry in global perspective 05/12/2012
May 9-10, 2013, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Despite the popularity of the history of psychiatry, and twentieth-century psychiatry in particular, little attention has been paid to the history of deinstitutionalisation. Much of the research remains focused on psychiatric hospitals, although the proliferation of institutional forms of mental health care was among the key transformations in twentieth-century psychiatry. The present conference seeks to redress this imbalance in the historiography of psychiatry by addressing the broader historical context of deinstitutionalisation and how psychiatry and understandings of mental illness changed as a result.
Submissions deadline: January 31, 2013.

Family day at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Québec (IUSMQ) 04/12/2012
To mark the first anniversary of the Guide for families and friends of individuals with mental health problems’ launch, Patricia Laflèche and her team are organizing a family day that will be held at the IUSMQ in May 2013. The team is currently conducting a survey among families to find a title for the event, identify the overall theme and issues to be addressed, and determine how they view this day. The team hopes that 80% of participants will be families of mental health sufferers, and that the remaining 20% will include care providers working with families.

Promotion of the Guide in various environments 04/12/2012
Patricia Laflèche and her team also give information sessions on the Guide to members of the military, spiritual and religious leaders, as well as in colleges, high schools, and volunteer organizations throughout the Québec City region. These sessions usually include presentations from families who share their experiences with the health network and what type of approach they are hoping for in the near future regarding this issue. Such meetings are always prove promising!

Understanding mental aging: Strategies to help the elderly reach their fullest potential 09/11/2012
December 4, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

This is a conference organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Montréal division. For a caregiver or volunteer, meeting someone during this period of aging, characterized by discovering and witnessing the meaning of life, is a privilege. As such, it is important to know this person’s history and emotional markers in order to respect their beliefs and values.

Keynote speaker: Ginette Henri, M.A., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Elderly Mental Health Care, Graduate Diploma (D.É.S.S.) in Bioethics

Supporting family caregivers 09/11/2012
November 24, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

Recent years have seen a significant transfer of State responsibilities regarding care of the disabled to families. These social changes greatly impact family life and can affect the health and well-being of caregivers. Promoting quality of life and preventing mental health problems for caregivers requires an understanding of their different roles as well as psychological and emotional outcomes, and an accurate identification of their needs.

Keynote speaker: Esther Hockenstein, Social Worker, Caregiver Support Centre (retired), CSSS Cavendish.

Handling difficult situations in elderly care 09/11/2012
February 2, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Québec)

Caregivers or volunteers are often unsure of how to deal with an elderly individual’s difficult temperament or disruptive behaviour. Learning to quickly recognize and interpret such behaviours will help them adapt interventions to each situation, thus preserving the relationship quality and ensuring the safety of everyone involved. This conference aims to explore various intervention strategies to handle difficult situations in elderly care with regards to personality disorders, cognitive impairment, or aggressive behaviours, and according to care contexts involved.

Keynote speaker: Michel Bigaouette, Advisor and Trainer, ASSTSAS

Innovations in mental health – Doing better for children and families 09/11/2012
November 26, 2012, MaRS Discovery District Auditorium,
101 College Street,
Toronto (Ontario)

The first event in the series features Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry at McMaster University, in conversation with Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Mental health assessment tools: Facilitating care across the continuum 09/11/2012
December 12, 2012, Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, 249 Queen’s Quay West Toronto (Ontario)

This one-day educational conference is presented by the Ontario Hospital Association. Standardized assessment tools are evidence-based instruments that capture client/patient information to support care planning and delivery, quality improvement, health system management and policy development. These tools are currently used to support individuals with mental illness receiving community-based services as well as hospital-based care (inpatient psychiatry and outpatient programs).

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada 09/11/2012
January 12 to February 2, 2013, Can-Voice, 450 Spruce Street, London, (Ontario)

Sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, this 12-hour international, standardized training course teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Psychologists have their hands full 09/11/2012
(Refers to article “Les psychologues en ont plein les bras” by Daphné Cameron published in La Presse October 26, 2012.) Rose-Marie Charest, president of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec, believes the State should refund psychotherapy costs for Quebec residents in distress forced to consult in private practice because the public sector is full. According to a survey published Thursday by the Ordre des psychologues, overly high costs and long wait times discourage most Quebecers from consulting psychologists.

For 50 years, psychologists have been changing the world: Survey confirms the profession’s importance 09/11/2012
On the occasion of its 2012 conference and 50th anniversary, the Ordre des psychologues du Québec has published the results of a survey on Quebecers’ use of psychological services. It is revealed that 43% of the population has consulted a psychologist; individuals under 35 are more informed and more likely to consult a psychologist than the rest of the population; and taking antidepressants without psychological support is not a treatment option most Quebecers would consider if given the choice.

Ottawa forum to explore equity, anti-racism and mental health 07/11/2012
November 20, Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA, 180 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa (Ontario)

The forum will explore issues of equity and anti-racism as they relate to mental health, physical activity and healthy eating. Decision-makers, program managers, and primary care professionals working in community agencies who serve marginalized communities, including leaders in the mental health, settlement services, nutrition, and physical activity sectors, are encouraged to attend.

Government of Canada and Graham Boeckh Foundation jointly support mental health research network 30/10/2012
On October 1, 2012, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, joined Tony Boeckh, Chair of the Graham Boeckh foundation, and Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), to announce the launch of the new Patient-Oriented Network in Adolescent and Youth Mental Health. The research network aims to improve the care provided to young Canadians with mental illness by taking research findings and using them in practice and policy.

Where you live may boost your sense of well-being 30/10/2012
Featured on the MedlinePlus website, this HealthDay article presents a study published in the journal Science, which found that when families moved from impoverished neighbourhoods to ones that were less poor, the adults in those families experienced lasting improvements in mental health and well-being.

The Inuit Health Survey 2007-2008 Nunavut Community and Personal Wellness Report 30/10/2012
The Inuit Health Survey 2007-2008 Nunavut Community and Personal Wellness Report was produced through a partnership of the Government of Nunavut (GN), Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), and researchers from both McGill University and the University of Toronto. Researchers spent two years surveying Nunavummiut. The survey included a questionnaire covering seven areas: community safety, traditional activities, social networks, individual mental health, interpersonal violence, suicide, and alcohol or drug use and gambling.

Improving mental health in Montréal Aboriginal communities 24/10/2012
December 12, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

This conference is presented by Arlene Laliberté, professor at the Department of Psychoeducation and Psychology of the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Lately, more and more Aboriginals are born in or move to urban centres such as Montréal. Implementing accessible health, education and social services suited to their cultures has become imperative. To do this, we must understand their communities' needs and distinctive characteristics, and use intervention methods in line with their values. This conference aims to improve the ability of care providers to work within these communities, provide its members with solutions adapted to their needs, as well as support their well-being.

Raising the subject of mental health with immigrants 24/10/2012
March 13, 2013, Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

This conference is presented by Veronique Harvey and Marie-Ève Dufour, social workers and trainers at the Service d’éducation et d’intégration interculturelle de Montréal (SEIIM).

Confiding one’s emotions and discussing one’s mental health with a stranger is not easy for anyone. This can be even harder for immigrants who have just started adapting to new surroundings. Understanding the context in which mental health problems can arise and considering the various perceptions related to health and illness, can help care providers assess an individual’s level of distress and better establish what led to his or her mental health problems. Recognizing intercultural communication barriers is essential to overcoming them.

Supporting men in transitional situation 24/10/2012
November 8, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

This conference is presented by Jean-Martin Deslauriers, Ph.D., social worker and professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Social Work.

Interventions targeting a male clientele can be particularly challenging, mainly because counselling requirements might contradict with the way men socialize. This conference will examine intervention strategies supported by research findings.

Douglas blogosphere adds an all new blog 24/10/2012
Lately, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute has been focusing on promoting recovery from mental illness. The English-language blog, Recovery Talks, is exactly what you would expect after reading its title. It is written by three women, who have each witnessed mental illness from various perspectives. Recovery Talks is the newest of four blogs that make up the Douglas blogosphere, which was launched in 2006 to demystify mental illnesses and encourage knowledge sharing in mental health.

43rd National Council Mental Health And Addictions Conference 24/10/2012
April 8-10, 2013, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV (USA)

The 43rd National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference will allow participants to explore the greatest health care innovations: behavioural health practice improvement, financing, integrated healthcare, technology, policy and advocacy, social justice, and professional development. The latest mental health care trends will also be presented and attendees can learn how to implement innovative programs with proven outcomes during the conference’s 125 sessions.

Choose from any of the 17 “conference tracks”. Several new ones have been added such as criminal justice and peer workforce. Interact with a line-up of speakers you can’t meet anywhere else, including historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, surgeon and top healthcare reform leader Atul Gawande, business journalist and author of The Corner Office Adam Bryant, and national healthcare policy and practice reform expert Linda Rosenberg.

Fernand-Seguin Research Center researchers develop three mobile applications 24/10/2012
In 2011, thanks to a generous donation from Bell Canada, Fernand-Seguin Center researchers were able to develop three mobile apps to help personalize patient care. They are now ready to unveil the applications. These are the first steps taken in Quebec towards developing and integrating new mobile technologies for mental health.

The first app, RéadApps, is a portal meant to compile and evaluate existing applications intended for individuals with severe mental health problems who are undergoing rehabilitation or social integration.

The second app is referred to as iSmart. It is meant to reduce chronic stress levels in individuals suffering from major depression.

Réal Labelle, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the UQAM, developed the third app known as PsyAssistance. It helps clinicians by compiling data related to the treatment of individuals with suicidal tendencies.

The World Health Organization states that depression is a common illness, and people who suffer from it need support and treatment 24/10/2012
On World Mental Health Day, the WHO called for an end to the stigmatization of depression and other mental disorders, and for better access to treatment for those who need it.

Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, a mental disorder that prevents individuals from leading a normal life. However, because of the stigma that is still often related to depression, many fail to acknowledge that they are ill and therefore do not seek treatment.

Quality of working life evaluation 24/10/2012
The last two decades have shown that work-related mental health problems have drastically increased. More and more workers suffer from stress, depression and psychological distress. This is very concerning for managers. Finally a tool to diagnose and thus help prevent work-related mental health problems has been developed: the Quality of Working Life Systemic Inventory (QWLSI).

Across several business sectors, labour shortage is leading businesses to redefine their working conditions to become an employer of choice. The QWILSI helps managers identify which elements require special attention to attract and retain their personnel.

Social integration of older immigrants: Understanding the issues to foster inclusion 17/10/2012
October 24, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

Keynote speaker Soumya Tamouro, is Director of ACCÉSSS’s Health and Research-Development-Training programs.
Moving to a country with little or no knowledge of its language or cultural norms is always a challenge. Understanding the situation of older immigrants settling in Montréal can help care providers and community organizations support them in order to promote their social integration, improve access to care services and avoid social exclusion.

Lights, camera, discussion! 12/10/2012
October 24, 2012, auditorium of the Grande Bibliothèque, 475 Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Montréal (Québec)

“Youth and mental health” conference day hosted by the Mental Illness Foundation and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SVPM), in collaboration with Issula Films.

The 7th “Youth and mental health” conference brings together two Partners for Life program hosts, three SPVM policemen (two of whom work in the Morality Squad), an ethnopsychiatrist, a psychoeducator, a sociologist and a professor who is working on a unique documentary approach with 12 boys.

They will passionately and enthusiastically share their knowledge and experience of realities that directly or indirectly affect youth mental health.

Training on intercultural relations in mental health 02/10/2012
October 16 and 23, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Mont-Royal Avenue West, Suite 605, Montréal (Quebec)

This two-day training provided by the Montréal division of the Canadian Mental Health Association is an opportunity to learn more about intercultural approaches in intervention and to discuss practices with other professionals in terms of service adaptation, prevention and well-being promotion.


• Recognizing the role of culture in life, health, illness and death.
• Increasing participants’ awareness of significant questions raised by immigration.
• Understanding different migration contexts and their impact on immigrant mental health.
• Improving knowledge about the diversity of values, intercultural approaches in helping relationships and principles of intercultural communication.
• Reflecting about accessibility of services to migrants and exploring concrete ways to adapt them to their needs.

North American Refugee Health Conference 2013 02/10/2012
June 6-8, 2013, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. West, Toronto (Ontario)

Building on the momentum of the Canadian Refugee Health Conference held in 2011, health professionals and experts from many disciplines will meet to discuss the best health practices, challenges for optimal care, research, and advocacy for the refugee patient population.

This is considered to be the leading conference for people who work with refugee populations. Health workers from many disciplines discuss the best health practices to optimize the care of refugee populations. It provides a forum for sharing up-to-date, evidence-based information, and a platform for research, advocacy and mobilization.

The planning committee invites interested parties to submit poster or oral abstracts. A limited number of workshops will also be considered.

The Seventh World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders 27/09/2012
October 17-19, 2012, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth (Australia).

The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health. The conference title stresses the need to move more explicitly in all countries across the world from a mainly treatment oriented care regime to health and public systems that balance treatment, prevention and promotion. The title also emphasises the need for innovations in prevention and promotion strategies based on new knowledge and technological developments such as reflections on new insights from positive psychology, developmental psychopathology, gene-environment studies, economic evaluation of mental health and prevention, human capital studies, societal impact analysis, the impact of poverty, policy making and promoting mental health in communities and populations.

Open Minds Across Canada symposia 27/09/2012
September 30 to October 6, 2012.

Symposia events will be held in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montréal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto, Durham Region, Kingston, Timmins and Halifax. Speakers at each symposium will address a variety of topics depending on the location, including information on stigma, promoting positive mental health in youth, aboriginal mental health, supporting and engaging families and youth suicide.

Dialogue for Life 2012 24/09/2012
November 24-29, 2012, Sheraton Hotel, 1201 René-Levesque Boulevard West, Montréal (Quebec)

Annual conference for the prevention of suicide held by the First Nations & Inuit Suicide Prevention Association of Quebec and Labrador, titled: Celebrating Our Strengths, Honouring Life.

Psychiatry and mental health: Shared, collaborative or integrated care? 13/09/2012
Friday, November 2, 2012, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, 1050 Sherbrooke West, Montréal (Quebec)

This is a seminar organized by the Québec and Eastern Canada branch of the American Psychiatric Association and the Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

• compare different shared mental health care models

• learn about evidence-based data supporting mental health care integration

• compare the shared care experience in Quebec, Canada and the United States

• identify challenges and facilitating factors in the successful achievement of shared care goals

• use specific strategies to evaluate shared care experience

• explain what MSRP (médecin specialiste répondant en psychiatrie) psychiatrists have been doing since 2010, and what else they could do to expand collaborative care services.

For further information, contact Lise Godbout at 450-263-6569 or lise.godbout@sympatico.ca, or Caroline Piecha at 514-350-5108 or cpiecha@fmsq.org

16th symposium of the Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale 13/09/2012
October 31 to November 2, Québec City Convention Centre and Hilton Québec hotel

Healing and full citizenship: From talk to action!

Within the realm of psychosocial rehabilitation, two fundamental concepts emerge: healing and full citizenship. Two elements in a call to action for full social inclusion, which can be a simple or complex means of achieving citizenship that moves beyond citizen status to engaged citizenship.

Register before September 23, 2012, and save on the registration cost.

Douglas Institute 2011-2012 Annual Report 13/09/2012
Entitled "The Power to Recover," the Douglas Institute's 2011-2012 annual report is constructed around the vision of the Institute's 2011-2015 strategic plan. The plan outlines the major issues in mental health and addresses the essential conditions that will give people afflicted with mental health problems the hope and resources they need to live a more satisfying and engaged life.

Aboriginal Mental Health & Wellness Conference: Creating a New Legacy 10/09/2012
October 24-25, 2012, Victoria Inn Brandon, 3555 Victoria Avenue, Brandon (Manitoba)

This event is for anyone who provides care to Aboriginal peoples. It aims to promote awareness and knowledge of healing initiatives designed to mitigate the emotional impact and mental health issues associated with the legacy of the residential school system. The conference will also promote mental well-being as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities work and heal together.

Handling difficult situations in elderly care 10/09/2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montréal (Quebec)

This is a conference of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Montréal division, within the framework of its program “Vieillir en bonne santé mentale” (Healthy Mental Ageing).

Caregivers or volunteers are often unsure of how to deal with an elderly individual’s difficult temperament or disruptive behaviour. Learning to quickly recognize and interpret such behaviours will help them adapt interventions to each situation, thus preserving the relationship quality and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

Registration deadline is September 21.

Bal des lumières: the largest-ever fundraiser for mental health 31/08/2012
March 20, 2013, Bell Centre, Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal (Quebec)

Bell announced that it will present the largest-ever fundraising event for mental health in Quebec. The Bal des lumières will raise funds for the Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine Foundation, the Mental Illness Foundation and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation.

Seventh International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 31/08/2012
June 23-27, 2013, Los Angeles (California)

The 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health will explore exciting research and innovative practices focused on client-centred social work amidst the world famous landmarks of Hollywood. Greater Los Angeles will indeed make for a unique setting in which to examine groundbreaking theories and advanced academic and practice-based research, and see how they are translated into research-informed practice for the diverse population of Southern California.

Mini-Psych School 2012 31/08/2012
Tuesdays, from October 9 to November 6, 2012

Delving into the theme of prevention, courses in the 2012 series will be hosted and facilitated by Camillo Zacchia, Ph.D., Psychologist and Senior Advisor at the Douglas. Courses are in English.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada: Demande d'articles pour la Revue 31/08/2012
The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada publishes the First Peoples Child & Family Review journal twice a year.

The journal presents research results, critical analyses, stories, standpoints and media reviews. Reaching beyond the walls of academia, it aims to promote interdisciplinary research, practice, policy and educational publications that focus on Indigenous, First Nations and Aboriginal perspectives that advance innovative research, policy and practice within the field of child, family and community-based issues.

Two calls for papers
Volume 7, Issue 2, 2012 – Focus on Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health
Deadline: September 30, 2012

Volume 8, Issue 1, 2013 – Focus on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Deadline: October 31, 2012

Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal Portal 31/08/2012
The Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal Portal (EIHR Portal) is a single window into a continuously updated collection of policy-relevant documents such as jurisdictional reviews, stakeholder position papers, and intergovernmental communiqués that can guide healthcare leaders in their timely pursuit of health system renewal, transformation and innovation. A collaboration between the McMaster Health Forum and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the EIHR Portal is easily searchable and accessible. You can find documents that address priority areas identified by federal, provincial and territorial governments.

The latest edition of Canada’s Children is now available 23/08/2012
The publication from the Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) is now available online in its new electronic format. This edition is dedicated to children’s mental health. It presents key initiatives that have borne concrete and positive results in Canada.

The articles are written by university students, practitioners, and decision-makers working in mental health, who were selected to spark reflection on best practices and real, positive results.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 2013 Annual Meeting 23/08/2012
March 14-17, 2013, JW Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles (California)

This meeting will include presentations, workshops, discussion sessions, and interest groups on the theme of Finding the Golden Years at the Dawn of a Silver Age: Tools for Geriatric Mental Health Prospectors. The AAGP Annual Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatric mental health care, providing the latest information on clinical care, aging and mental health research, and models of care.

Recovery: two important documents are now available in French 23/08/2012
A working group in Quebec has translated two important documents on implementing recovery. Making Recovery a Reality is written for health care providers and Implementing Recovery is for administrators. Written by Geoff Shepherd, Jed Boardman and Mike Slade, both French and English versions are available online on the Centre for Mental Health UK website.

The translation of these documents was made possible by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Myra Piat, Sonia Côté, Catherine Briand and Jannina Komaroff managed the project in collaboration with a working group composed of approximately 40 individuals. This working group has also agreed to continue its work and set up a community of practice on recovery next fall.

The French version of the documents will be officially launched at the AQRP (Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale) conference at the end of October 2012.

Suicide Risk Assessment Conference and Workshop 16/08/2012
October 23, 2012, Toronto (Ontario)

Suicide is a tragic and distressing phenomenon. The negative effects on families, friends and communities following a death by suicide reinforce the urgent need for better understanding and prevention. Statistics Canada reported that 3500 people committed suicide in 2006. In addition to increased suicide rates, suicide attempts account for an even greater number of hospitalizations.

For these reasons, suicide risk assessment has been identified in Canada, and internationally, as a fundamental safety issue among health care organizations. Focusing on suicide risk assessment is a first step in improving suicide prevention.

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) have recognized suicide as an important patient safety concern and have commissioned the development of a resource guide related to suicide risk assessment and prevention for use in Canadian health care organizations.

Eleventh Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry: Mental health policy, economics and health care reforms 09/08/2012
March 22-24, 2013, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, San Polo 2454, Venice (Italy)

The International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics Section on Mental Health Economics was established in 1998 and given permanent status approval by the World Psychiatric Association in 1999. The Section’s main goal is to encourage interdisciplinary research between psychiatrists, economists and other professionals in the mental health sector in order to promote a common language and scientific background between those who finance, provide and use mental health and addiction services around the world.

Since 1990, ten international workshops have been held in Europe and in the U.S. They have allowed participants (psychiatrists, health economists, psychologists, medical sociologists, public health researchers and statisticians from universities, government agencies and hospital research units) to come together, discuss empirical findings from clinical and economic evaluation studies, and seek ways of using this information in health policy decision-making.

Seminar of the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal psychiatry department 09/08/2012
September 20-21, 2012, UQAM, Amphitheatre SH-2800, Pierre-Dansereau Science Complex, 200 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal (Quebec)

One out of 10 people will be diagnosed with depression during their lifetime. Depression is becoming increasingly recognized by society and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. This condition is often difficult to detect as it can present itself in hundreds of different ways. The psychiatry department, in collaboration with the Programme des maladies affectives, invites you to this seminar titled “Dépression aux mille visages” (The many faces of depression), which will review knowledge and current research in this complex field.

Article by Louise Fournier on applied public health chairs 24/07/2012
Dr. Fournier is working to improve public mental health through research and knowledge transfer. Her work is mainly focused on the quality of primary care for people with anxiety and depressive disorders, which are the most common mental health problems in the general population. The article can be found on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.

The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) is launching a series of webinars on the Mental Health Knowledge Network (MHKN) 23/07/2012
The MHKN is a compelling webinar series on child, youth, and family mental health issues specifically designed for primary care workers. Please note that the two webinars currently online are in English only. Here are two upcoming MHKN webinars:

September 19, 2012, 1 p.m. EST

Evidence-based practice in child mental health: A research update

Speaker: John D. McLennan, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

November 29, 2012, 2 p.m. EST

The caregiving relationship and infant mental health

Speaker: Mary Rella, B.A., Dip. C.S., Manager of Consultation Assessment and Training Services at the Panorama Program, Thistletown Regional Center, part of Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is launching an online guide on children’s mental health 23/07/2012
Following a sharp increase in the number of children diagnosed with mental health issues, CHEO has created a new section on their website to share a wide range of mental health information.

CMHA National Conference 20/07/2012
October 18 and 19, 2012, Delta Regina, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina

Delegates at the October 2012 conference will have an opportunity to attend presentations and discussions on topics such as strengthening our voice, ensuring quality services, determining the implications of today’s changing non-profit landscape for the CMHA, extending our reach, and preparing our next steps.

46th Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology 05/07/2012
April 24-27, 2013, Hilton Austin, East 4th Street, Austin, TX (United States)

The theme of the 2013 conference is “Challenging our Assumptions and Moving Forward Together.”

Though our understanding of suicidal behaviours and their impact on others has advanced considerably over the past few decades, preventing suicide attempts and deaths remains a considerable public health challenge. This year’s theme therefore seeks to encourage presenters and attendees to focus on innovative ideas and new perspectives with the potential to increase our understanding and prevention of suicidal behaviours.

Putting Evidence into Practice: The PLoS Medicine Series on Global Mental Health Practice 21/06/2012
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine editors are announcing the launch of a new series on global mental health practice. They are issuing a call for case study presentations that can help broaden our understanding of mental health in “real-life” contexts. The goal is to address the gap between public health approaches to mental health and clinical approaches to treating mental disorders.

Rural and Remote Health Research: Creative Approaches 14/06/2012
October 25-27, 2012, Four Points by Sheraton Lévis Convention Centre, 5800 J. B. Michaud Street, Lévis (Quebec)

This conference will provide unique opportunities for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, graduate students, and community members to express and share their creative approaches to knowledge translation for the health and well-being of rural and northern residents.

The Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS) is an organization of researchers and community partners. The mission of CRHRS is to facilitate research and knowledge translation aimed at understanding and promoting the health of people living in rural and remote regions of Canada.

CAPE 2012 Annual Scientific Symposium 14/06/2012
September 27, 2012, Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital and the Fernand-Seguin Research Center, 7401, Hochelaga Street, Montréal (Quebec)

Using survey and administrative data to create surveillance indicators for the new Canadian Mental Health Strategy: Opportunity and challenges.

In May 2012, the Canadian Mental Health Commission launched the first national mental health strategy and proposed a series of indicators to monitor the implementation and impact of this strategy across Canada and at the provincial and regional levels. Some CAPE members were involved in the development of these indicators. The CAPE 2012 Symposium will address the issues of the availability, strengths and limitations of the indicators based on survey and administrative data.

The deadline for submissions is June 24, 2012.

Mini-Psych School 2011 is Online 06/06/2012
The Mini-Psych School answers a number of questions on mental health and psychiatry. It is organized by the Douglas Mental Health Education Office (MHEO).

Between head and heart is a series of seven video lectures that aim to provide a greater understanding of mental disorders. Camillo Zacchia, psychologist and senior advisor at the MHEO hosted and facilitated the series. Classes were offered in French this year. For the first time, Mini-Psych School was also webcasted live.

13th Canadian Collaborative Mental
Health Care Conference 06/06/2012
June 15-16, 2012, Four
Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (British Columbia)

This year, we are expecting over 300 delegates from Canada and around the world. The theme for this conference is Collaboration in Action. We feel this is a timely topic with the provincial and federal government focus on primary care reform; a vital part of this reform is promotion of mental health care collaboration among primary care providers.

Suicide prevention forum 05/06/2012
September 25-27, 2012, Delta Trois-Rivières et Centre des congrès, 1620 Notre-Dame Centre,
Trois-Rivières (Quebec)
The purpose of the Quebec Association for Suicide Prevention (AQPS) forum is to generate interest and engage Quebec’s population in view of preventing this terrible tragedy. The forum highlights daily efforts made within our communities to substantially decrease Quebec’s suicide rate, making this event an essential gathering for all stakeholders working to make a difference.

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