20th George Brown Mental Health Conference

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George Brown College’s Student Success Division and the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies are pleased to announce the 20th Annual Mental Health Conference!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
9 am - 4 pm
St. James Campus – 290 Adelaide St. East

Join us for an inspiring and engaging day of learning!

Featured Speakers:

Bailey Parnell

Bailey Parnell, Founder & CEO, SkillsCamp

Bailey Parnell’s research focuses on social media’s impact on mental health. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016, Bailey is a TEDx speaker, an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success. Bailey is currently completing a Master’s degree in Communications and Culture at Ryerson University, focusing on social media’s impact on mental health. Bailey will share insights into how we can ensure we are protecting our well-being when engaging online, by practicing #SafeSocial.

David Wiljer

David Wiljer, Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation, University Health Network

Dr. David Wiljer a leading researcher and scholar in the areas of digital health policy, management, education and evaluation. D. Wiljer’s breath of work has allowed him to explore the impact of digital technologies on our health and well-being. He is the Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network, and former Senior Director of Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at CAMH. David is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wiljer has led research and development projects that focus on putting knowledge into action by utilizing health information technologies and knowledge management approaches to promote lifelong learning.

Proposed Agenda

Proposed Agenda
Time Subject
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Susan Heximer, Chair, School of Liberal Arts & Science, George Brown College
Anne Sado, President, George Brown College
Chris McGrath, VP, Student Success, George Brown College
9:20 am Morning Keynote
Bailey Parnell:, Founder & CEO, SkillsCamp
#SafeSocial: Social Media's Impact on Mental Health
While social media enables connections and collaboration at an unprecedented scale, there's also a dark side to this networked world that's laced with addiction, depression, harassment, and more. By every measure, social media is a risky behaviour like sex, drugs, or alcohol. Since it's not going anywhere, abstinence is not an option, but you can practice #SafeSocial. Adapted from its original TEDx talk, this talk will draw from research and experience to illustrate the current social media landscape, explain the effects it has on us every day, and provide 5 steps forward towards #SafeSocial.
10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am Breakout Sessions
Download here for preview – CHCA HOSPITALITY BUILDING (300 Adelaide St. East)
12:00 pm Lunch
3rd floor
1:00 pm Afternoon Keynote
Dr. David Wiljer, Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation, University Health Network
Co-Creating the Next Generation of Mental Health Care: Learning Together for a Healthier World
This talk will focus on the changing landscape of digital mental health care and the emerging issues related to accessing mental health care that responds to the needs of our communities. The talk will explore the role of emerging technologies such as virtual care, artificial intelligence and data governance technologies, and how we can co-create solutions and rapidly learn to adapt to the digital world while providing high quality compassionate care.
2:00 pm Refreshment Break
2:30 pm Breakout Sessions
Download here for preview – CHCA HOSPITALITY BUILDING (300 Adelaide St. East)
4:00 pm Closing Remarks and a grand prize draw for a “MUSE” Meditation Headset and 1-yr subscription
Susan Heximer, Chair, School of Liberal Arts & Science, George Brown College
Morning and Afternoon Breakout Sessions will include engaging sessions by Anxiety Canada – Mindshift CBT, Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy Center and Stella's Place, among others!

Registration Information

General Registration Fees: $120.00 + HST
Student Registration Fees: $60.00 + HST

Registration will include refreshments, lunch, door prizes, and networking opportunities.

Questions?

Please contact Carmen Cubillan at 416.415.5000, ext. 2548 or send an email to: mentalhealthconference@georgebrown.ca