2018 Conference | Bold Ideas

2018 Conference | Bold Ideas

CICMH 2018 Conference

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector. Click here for an overview of last year’s conference.

This year’s theme, Bold Ideas, will focus on innovative designs and solutions to the challenges in addressing mental health needs on campus. We have reached a point where a paradigm shift in thinking is needed to match the rising tide.

A Special Thank-You to our Sponsors!


Bold Ideas in Campus Mental Health

Campuses are the sites of a wide range of mental health challenges, from relatively minor symptoms up to anorexia and bipolar disorder. A mentally healthy campus would be characterized by students talking openly about their problems. At such a campus, everyone in the institution takes ownership of student success. Student affairs administrators, faculty, resident directors, and counsellors are often on the front lines with distressed students, and they – along with many other campus constituencies – are searching for ways to best serve students’ individual needs and those of the student body as a whole.

To facilitate this discussion, we look at five streams.

Substance use and addictions

Presentations in this stream will focus on the use of drugs, alcohol and other addictions (gambling, gaming) on campus. Example topics might include the changing cannabis landscape, as well as other critical issues such as binge drinking on campuses and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mental health strategies

The creation of successful campus mental health strategies can occur only through informed policies, targeted mental health promotions, and integrated care for students struggling with mental health challenges. Presentations in this stream will focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of campus mental health strategies.


Mental health programming

Presentations in this stream will highlight any innovative mental health programs on campus or off-campus for post-secondary students. Examples might include health promotion programs, peer supports and resilience-based programs.



Institutional leadership and campus models for diversity and equity that simultaneously advance underserved students’ educational access and success and promote the flourishing of institutions have a big impact on mental health. Presentations in this stream will address barriers based in discrimination and propose new opportunities related to demographic change, as well as sharing practices and programs that pursue established ideals about equity.


Evidence-based interventions

Evidence-based interventions are practices or programs that have peer-reviewed, documented empirical evidence of effectiveness. These presentations will focus on therapies and interventions (clinical or otherwise) that are efficacious. Examples might include research findings from campus programs that incorporate dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and emotion focused therapy.

Conference Presentation Slides

Full program agenda

Keynote speakers

Ben Sabic, Christopher Buddle, Megan Van Massenhoven, Julia Caddy & Matthew McLaughlin: Crisis on Campus: Youth Advocate Filling Gaps

Ed Mantler: The Standard for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students

Peter Cornish, Gregory Taylor, Mohsan Beg, Ben Bridgestock: Stepped Care in Ontario

A1: Reducing Cannabis Harms: A Guide for Ontario Campuses
A2: An Easy Pill to Swallow: Prescription Exercise at Queen’s University
A3: Establishment of 3 Levels of Peer Support Programs: A Campus Collaboration with a Community Partner
A4: Rethinking Resilience: Systematic Review of Ontario University Mental Health Strategies

B1-1: A Campus and Community Approach to Supporting Students in Crisis
B1-2: Building Capacity Through Partnerships
B2: Harm Reduction Strategies in a College Residence
B3: The Forgotten Link Between Race and Mental Health
B4: Bold Steps – Involving instructors: Teaching Practices and Student Wellbeing

C1-1: Campus Connected – We Care: It Takes a Village to Raise a Student
C1-2: Cultivating Happiness and Resiliency: Learning to Flourish
C3: Creating a Standard to Promote and Protect Mental Health of Post-Secondary Students
C4: Nouvel outil (d’enquête) pour l’évaluation de la santé mentale et des comportements à risque des étudiants-es

D1: Empirically Supported Group-Based Programming in a University Setting
D2-1: Mental Health Promotion and Building Resiliency: Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) Program
D2-2: Student Perspectives on Campus Mental Health: Results of the Ontario Post-Secondary Survey
D3: Searching for Hope from Minds Steeped in Hopelessness: What Predicts, Prevents and Heals Suicidal Minds
D4: Examining Stigma, Perceived Need, and Mental Health Illiteracy as Barriers to Help-seeking in Young Adults

BP2: Student Life Survey: Assessment of Atlantic Canadian Students
BP3: Big White Wall et Retrouver son entrain : services gratuits en santé mentale pour aider les adultes et les jeunes à surmonter la dépression et l’anxiété
BP4: Lessons Learned from Students

E1: Responding to Opioid Related Emergencies: CMHA Ontario’s Naloxone Policy and Procedure Toolkit
E3: No More Silos: Doing Integrative, Holistic Well-Being Work with Faculty
E4: Walk With Us: Fostering Safe Spaces to Facilitate Challenging Conversations

F1: Collegiate Recovery Communities: A Groundbreaking Solution for Students with Addictions
F2: Thriving in Action: Braiding Positive Psychology, (W)holistic Learning Strategies, and Nature-Based Pedagogy to Bolster Academic Confidence and Build Community
F3: Psychosis Toolkit for Campus Staff: Early Identification, Screening and Intervention
F4: Career Wellness: A Strengths and Resilience-Based Approach

G1: Mental Health Programming on Small Campuses
G2: Cannabis and the Shifting Landscape
G3: Promoting Athlete Mental Health on Campus
G4: Training Clinicians to Work in Integrated Care Models

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