AAU Presents: Making the Connection: Improving university student mental health services

Making the Connection:
Improving university student mental health services through collaboration, cooperation and partnership

Presented by the Association of Atlantic Univerities (AAU)
in partnership with Medavie Health Foundation

Mount Saint Vincent University, Rosaria Hall, Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sharing Best Practices in Student Mental Healthcare

Short-and-long term objectives for this event:

  • Short-term objective - promote inter-university sharing of best practices in student mental health services 
  • Short-to-mid term objective - advance development of regional collaborative initiatives
  • Long-term objective - create a partnership between university student mental health services, local district health authorities and provincial departments of health

Conference moderator: Peter Halpin, Executive Director, Association of Atlantic Universities

8:30 am - Light breakfast/coffee

9:00 am - Opening remarks

Ramona Lumpkin, PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University and Chair, AAU Council
Wade MacLauchlan, Chair, Medavie Health Foundation Board and President Emeritus, University of Prince Edward Island

9:15 am - CACUSS/CMHA Systemic Approach to Post-Secondary Student Mental Health Handbook

ACHA Survey Synopsis Information and Strategy Discussion
Rice Fuller, University of New Brunswick

10:15 am - Nutrition break

10:30 am - Online Self-help Programs for Psychological Distress

Victor Day, Dalhousie University

11:15 am - A Collaborative Model: Capital Health & IWK's University Connection

David Pilon, Program Leader, Specialty Mental Health Services, Capital Distrtict Health Authority

12 noon - Lunch

12:30 pm - Keynote Speakers: Fred and Elizabeth Fountain, The Stay Connected Mental Health Project 

1:15 pm - Suicide Prevention

Rice Fuller, University of New Brunswick

2:00 pm - Creating a caring campus culture

Treena Smith, University of Prince Edward Island

2:45 pm - Successful student-led collaboration

Joanne Mills, Mount Saint Vincent University

3:30 pm - Institutional Showcase

4:30 pm - Where do we go from here? Next steps

James Sanford, Acadia University

5:30 pm - Conclusion