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George Brown College Mental Health Conference

17th Annual George Brown College Mental Health Conference

"Flourishing Lives: Healthy Relationships, Meaningful Connections and Positive Mental Health"

Friday, April 29, 2016
Toronto, ON

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An educational forum co-hosted by George Brown College’s Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies and Academic Services & Student Affairs departments, with sponsorship from RBC Foundation.

17th Annual Mental Health Conference

This year’s theme was on Flourishing Lives: Healthy Relationships, Meaningful Connections and Positive Mental Health.

In the morning, participants had a chance to learn from Dr. Amy Banks, a prominent leader in the field of neuroscience and human connection, and an expert on therapeutic approaches to addressing chronic disconnection.

Banks helped us understand how we are hardwired to connect, and how healthy and unhealthy relationships can impact us—not just psychologically, but physiologically as well.

In the afternoon, thought leader, professor, and practitioner of positive psychology, Dr. Corey Keyes, shared his wisdom on maximizing well-being. Keyes educated participants in the dual continuum of mental health, and helped us consider the impact of our environment on our ability to flourish, refocusing the dialogue on mental health beyond illness, to health and well-being.

We were fortunate to have Banks and Keyes share insights from current research as well as their professional practices and personal experiences. Their information added to our individual and collective understanding of the social factors impacting mental health and well-being. 

The wellness breaks were led by peer coaches from Student Affairs’ Peerconnect centers. Students from the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies’ Transitions to Post-Secondary Education program shared music and prose on the topic of well-being.

Overall, all attendees were able to learn about ways to increase our capacity to thrive: in relationships, at college and work, and in overall health and well-being.

The forum took place at:
George Brown College
(St. James Campus)
Financial Services Building, Room 406
290 Adelaide Street East, Toronto

For more information, contact:
Megan Carter at (416) 415-5000, ext. 2102 or send an email to

Conference attendees sitting in a lecture hall

Presentation by Amy Banks, MD, Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centres for Women in Massachusetts

George Brown College staff members at the 17th Mental Health Conference


  • Amy Banks, MD, Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centres for Women in Massachusetts.
  • Corey Keyes, PhD, sociologist and psychologist, researcher, and professor at Emory State University.

Thank you to our key presenters, the conference moderator Tenniel Rock, as well as our student and peer coach participants.

George Brown College faculty member at the podium

Mental health Conference volunteers