In October 2019, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division is hosting a Workplace Mental Health Conference designed to guide Alberta’s employers in achieving better mental health in the workplace.
Working Stronger – Work/Life Balance: Fact or Fiction? is two days of networking, information exchange and dialogue that will advance our efforts to support healthier workplaces across the province. It will bring together the most creative and inspiring mental health thinkers and leaders in the field.
Our vision is mentally healthy people in a healthy society.
Abstracts will be accepted until April 30, 2019
Presenters will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted by May 16, 2019.
Presenters must agree to be paid registrants of the conference. Honoraria, accommodation and travel reimbursement are not available for presenters.
Workplace & Personal Wellness:
How does personal wellness affect workplace performance? How can employers ensure their employees are practicing wellness at work and focusing on their wellness at home? Learn about factors that contribute to overall mental health of workers and how employers can encourage employees’ holistic wellbeing. This stream will explain the importance of wellness in all aspects of the employee’s life.
Voice of Lived Experience:
Those who have lived experience with mental illness have a unique perspective on the workplace. This stream will explore the challenges, stigma and strategies of those who have experienced mental illness in the workplace and how it has affected their professional and personal lives. Stories of their journey will help demonstrate how employers and colleagues can encourage a healthy work environment for those living with mental illness.
Occupational Health and Safety and the Law:
The Occupational Health and Safety and Law stream will showcase successful or emerging policies and practices that support the mental well-being of Alberta’s workplace. This will include discussion of challenges, successes and learnings helpful to participants’ understanding as well as the current law regarding mental health in the workplace and its implications in the Alberta context.
Please note: Applicants are encouraged to weave other topics of interest into their discussion such as addiction, bullying, unions, etc.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Online Submission Link: www.innovative4youevents.com/WS2019abstract.htm
SUBMITTING YOUR ABSTRACT
Complete the following information:
• Identify the stream and area of interest
• Title of Presentation (relevant to submission/focus of your presentation)
• Educational Objectives
• Name(s) of presenter(s) as you would like them to appear in the conference program
• Identify format: 30, 60 or 90-minute Concurrent Session or Poster Presentation
• Key Contact Information (address, email and telephone number)
• Biography of each presenter (50 words or less)
• Abstract suitable for inclusion in the conference program (sales pitch/description of your presentation)
• Key points that will be in your PowerPoints or an outline of your presentation
• Presentation method details (also include audio/visual equipment required, room set up preference, etc.)
All submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Relevance to the conference theme
- Clarity and coherence of the submission
- Relevance and utility to participants
- Evidence that submission will encourage interaction among conference participants
- Contribution of knowledge, expertise or best practices
- Key points of presentation and evidence of “participant take-away”
- We encourage presenters to include a lived experience component or perspective where relevant
Conference sessions will be offered in a variety of formats:
Panel Presentation (60 or 90 minute)
A Panel Discussion is a team of panelists that you choose to present on a specific stream. We recommend that you have no more than 3-4 panelists in your group for a 90 minute timeframe.
Poster Presentations will be offered display space at the conference. You are welcome to bring additional flyers/support documentation for handouts.
Solo presentations (30-60-90 minutes)
Opportunity to share learning’s from a current program or new and emerging supports related to one of the streams.
Please note: Based on the number of presentations received, we may combine presentations. If your abstract is not accepted, you may have an opportunity to present a poster presentation.
ACCEPTANCE AS A PRESENTER
Please note: Presenters must register and pay to attend the conference. Honoraria and travel reimbursement are not available.
- Presenters will be asked to submit an electronic version of their presentation prior to the conference.
- Electronic copies of the presentations will be made available to conference delegates following the conference on the CMHA Alberta website in pdf format.
- Presenters are encouraged to and are responsible for providing written material to conference participants (your powerpoint and/or resources, etc.)
- Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee.
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019
Results Notification: May16, 2019
We look forward to receiving your abstract submission!
For any questions regarding the abstract submission process, please contact:
Sherry Sim, Event Manager
Innovative Business Solutions