Collaborations for Change | Post-Secondary Mental Health Virtual Conference

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Collaborations for Change | Post-Secondary Mental Health Virtual Conference

A virtual conference that connects research and practice in post-secondary mental health and well-being.

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  • 1 day 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

About the conference

The Collaborations for Change conference brings post-secondary students, service professionals, mental health providers, and researchers together to have meaningful conversations on how to best move forward in integrating research and practice in post-secondary mental health and well-being.

Join us for virtually August 16 & 17, 2023 for educational sessions, presentations and panels including an opening keynote, a student round table, a panel with Indigenous Elders, and an Indigenous counsellor panel.


This year's conference streams include:

  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Decolonization and Indigenization
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility (EDIA)
  • Impact
  • Systemic Approaches

This year's opening keynote features Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a resident doctor in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Named as one of Time magazine’s "2021 Next Generational Leaders," Oriuwa is a medical trailblazer spearheading change in healthcare and beyond. She was named on Maclean’s Power 50 List in 2022 and was recently honoured in Mattel’s #ThankYouHeroes campaign, with a Barbie doll made in her image to commemorate her contributions as a frontline healthcare worker.

Oriuwa will share insight and actionable strategies into transformative leadership, mental health and wellness, and igniting change to build a more equitable future for all.

Collaborations for Change is hosted by University of Calgary’s Campus Mental Health Strategy and Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Education (BP-Net) with support from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)

More about Collaborations for Change

The idea of bridging the gap between research and practice has been around for many years and exists in various sectors. This is no different for mental health in post-secondary education.

Although many post-secondary institutions are using evidence-based mental health services, practices and programs, evaluation of these services at post-secondary institutions is sometimes lacking, given limited resources.

The potential for collection of rich data exists on post-secondary campuses and in student samples, which can be leveraged to inform campus mental health. The research literature in post-secondary mental health is relatively sparse and not commensurate to the attention this topic receives in the public and media.

The recent launch of the National Standard for Mental Health and Well-being for Post-Secondary Students provides a backdrop for the integration of research and practice on post-secondary campuses.

Opportunities for collaborations between researchers and clinical providers can fill this gap, especially as new partnerships between faculty and service providers to support post-secondary mental health are becoming more prevalent.

2021 conference highlights

Read our 2021 conference report

Learn more about our 2021 seed grant recipient

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