CMHA Now We Are Stronger Conference 2018

A provincial conference advancing community mental health 

This June, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division is hosting a conference designed to advance community mental health throughout the province of Alberta.

Now We Are Stronger • A Provincial Conference Advancing Community Mental Health is two days of information exchange and dialogue that will advance the work in our dynamic fields. It brings together the most creative and inspiring mental health thinkers and leaders in the field.

The conference – June 04 and 5, 2018 in Edmonton– will feature keynote speakers, workshops, panels, presentations, training opportunities and exhibits.

What Will Set This Conference Apart? 

This conference is two days of networking, information exchange and dialogue that will advance the work in our dynamic fields.  With a focus on indigenous mental health, rural and remote community mental health, and child, youth and family mental health, this conference is ideally suited to organizations and individuals from Alberta focusing on mental health and mental illness.

This conference is offering a robust and stimulating program of keynote speakers, presentations, panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities. Delegates will have the opportunity to choose from many carefully curated workshops.

Indigenous Mental Health
Sessions within this stream will:

  • showcase successful or emerging programs being offered across the province that support the mental wellbeing of Alberta’s indigenous population. Discussions of challenges, successes and learnings will be helpful to participants’ learning experiences.

  • discuss factors and issues important to the successful support of the mental health of our indigenous population – what challenges are being faced and what helps mitigate those challenges.

  • weave other topics of interest into the discussion of indigenous mental health such as addiction, lived experience, caregiving, etc.

Session attendees will come away with an understanding of indigenous mental health experiences and what Alberta’s community mental health service providers, advocates, family and friends can do to support improved mental health in the indigenous population.

Rural and Remote Community Mental Health
Generally, accessing addiction and mental health services is challenging, especially in rural and remote areas. In many cases real or perceived barriers and lack of knowledge often limit access to services and supports needed by individuals and families impacted by mental illness and addiction.

Knowledge of and access to services, equity in service delivery, promotion of mental health, prevention of mental illness and general education related to mental wellness are all factors which build community capacity.

Join us as we draw on the experiences of rural and remote communities, identify systemic issues and recognize local resources. Together we will create better pathways for rural communities to access existing mental health and addictions services and forge new community based opportunities.

Child, Youth and Family Mental Health 
Families are impacted by mental health concerns every day in Alberta. There are specific challenges and barriers faced by children, youth and families within the current mental health system.

Session attendees will come away with an understanding of child, youth and family mental health experience, learn how to successfully engage with this demographic, and knowledge of new and emerging supports available to young Albertan's and their families. This stream provides you with practical strategies for engagement and inclusion that have worked for others in Alberta.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton
16615 109 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB  T5P 4K8

Date & Time:

June 4-5, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily

To register and find out more, go here.


Event Date: 
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 08:00 to Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 16:00