We’d love for you to join us on June 22nd, 2021
We will be hosting our workplace wellness conference Online & for FREE!
The Canadian Mental Health Association Sask. Division and Service Hospitality welcome you to the first annual We’re Only Human Conference! Fostering an environment of wellbeing is no longer just a personal pursuit, it has become a reality for employers to consider as well. Absenteeism, loss of productivity, team morale, disability benefits, and a host of other unexpected complications emerge in the workplace when mental illness is present.
Importantly, both employers and employees can find their mental wellness clouded with stress, anxiety, or feelings of loneliness, especially with the events of 2020. Many of us are still trying to recover a sense of normality amidst the pandemic. Too often we forget that we can’t do it all. We get distracted from our work-life-balance as the world seems ever more hectic. Amongst all the pressure we tend to forget, We’re Only Human.
The We’re Only Human Conference will be provided at no cost to participants, but we do still require you to sign up for the conference.
Registration is simple! Just click the button below and fill in your information on Canada Helps.
You will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you’ve indicated. This email will contain a link to the conference. We will send out a reminder email closer to the date of the conference and another email reminder the day before the conference with the same link.
If you have any problems registering please reach out to us at: ContactUs@cmhask.com
2021 Only Human Conference Schedule
- 8:45 - 9:45am
- 10:00 - 11:00am
- 11:00 - 12:00pm
- 12:15 - 12:45pm
- 1:00 - 2:00pm
- 2:00 - 3:00pm
- 3:00 - 4:30pm
- 4:30 - 5:00pm
- 5:00 - 5:30pm
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CMHA Saskatchewan Division
Mental Health Adovcate & Strategist/ Top 50 TEDx Speaker
With over six million views, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, "Why We Choose Suicide," is among the most-watched in the world. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage suicide attempt captured global attention, and when he learned of products being sold on Amazon that promoted suicide, his successful online petition to have them removed garnered tens of thousands of signatures. Henick has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change. His talks are informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system, and he brings his diverse and unique perspective to every audience as someone who has been a patient, a professional, a policy influencer, and a public figure in the mental health system.
Henick is currently the Principal and CEO of a boutique consulting firm that helps individuals, companies, and governments to move strategically from awareness to action in improving mental health and wellness. He was previously the National Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and, prior to that, served as the youngest president of a provincial CMHA division in history, the youngest ever member of the board of directors for Canada’s Mental Health Commission, and as a national spokesperson for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. He has also worked as a frontline mental health counsellor and as the manager of a national workplace mental health training program.
Henick has appeared in hundreds of television, radio, print, and online media features on mental health. His work has been featured in such outlets as CTV National News, Entertainment Tonight, the Toronto Star, The New York Daily News, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and Reader’s Digest. He has had bylines with CNN, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.
The worldwide rights to his first book have recently been acquired by HarperCollins, with an anticipated release in early 2020.
Henick holds a Master of Science in child development; a Bachelor of Arts with interdisciplinary honours in psychology and philosophy; and has certificates in trauma counselling, suicide intervention, non-violent crisis intervention, mental health first aid, and knowledge exchange.
Getting Up to Standard in Your Workplace
Creating a Psychologically Safe Workplace
|Whether you are a small, large, public, private, unionized-or-not workplace, throughout Canada organizations are taking mental health in hand as part of their new reality. A global first, “The Standard”, is a set of workplace voluntary guidelines, tools and resources to prevent psychological harm and promote psychological health. Join the Canadian Mental Health Association as we cover the basics – what The Standard is, what it isn’t, and how you can begin using it in your workplace right now.|
Jordan is a young, energetic leader with a progressive vision for mental health and social services. His experience in a wide variety of roles including clinical service delivery, case management, education, and non-profit leadership provide him with a solid understanding of the industry and in-depth knowledge of where gaps exist for innovation and collaboration. A natural relationship builder, Jordan sees the work of advancing mental health services as a collective effort aided by building and maintaining effective partnerships across all sectors including government, business, and non-profit agencies.
Jordan understands that long-term, positive change doesn't happen overnight. He skillfully manages change - both with people and organizations - by providing the right amount of challenge to stimulate growth and by focusing on strengths. He enjoys teaching and prefers to build capacity for the long-term rather than see immediate short-term success.
Jordan's vision is to see individuals with mental problems and illnesses thrive in all areas of society and to make mental health services streamlined, efficient, and person-centred. His personal and professional values include humility, honesty, integrity, and accountability.
Building Intercultural Competence: An introduction to the Intercultural Development Continuum and how we engage with Cultural Difference.
|Angeline S. Chia M.Ed(HRD), IDI QA
Intercultural Development Consultant,
Sights on Success Consulting
|I am an Intercultural/Cultural Competence Development Consultant, Facilitator, and Coach. This means that I am passionate about helping leaders to develop and sustain the capability needed to bridge cultural differences and build adaptable teams and organizations that attract, and more importantly, retain the best talent. I am committed to supporting leaders in their learning and development journeys for the long term to maximize their personal and professional potential and achieve positive outcomes|
C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Affected Recovery Education)
Director of Advocacy, Research &
Public Policy Development
CMHA Saskatchewan Division
The C.A.R.E. Program was developed to help caregivers recognize the signs of mental difficulties, practice prevention and recognize when help is needed in order to maintain their own mental health and the atmosphere of care that they are so eager to provide for others.
Whether someone has chosen the profession of being one who cares for others, or caregiving chose you, it is one of the most rewarding and exciting fields of work and caregivers are placed in the unique position of making a difference in someone else’s world. It is important to maintain your own mental health so that the difference you make is a positive one; one that will hold immeasurable value for the person or people in your care.
|Rebecca Rackow has a B.A. honours in psychology and is a Registered Social Worker with a strong interest in collaborative research. For over 20 years she worked as a caregiver with seniors and youth in care, children in a daycare setting, and providing respite for foster parents. She also spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom for her own five children.|
Keynote Speaker: “Funny You Don’t Look Crazy – A Story about Mental Illness and Returning to Work.
|Victoria Maxwell (BFA/BPP*)
Mental Health Advocate
Victoria Maxwell (BFA/BPP*) is one of the top speakers on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, wellness and creativity. She’s also a self-proclaimed Wellness Warrior and Bipolar Princess.
She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has for more than 17 years, been helping people internationally better understand the ‘insider’s’ experience of mental illness and recovery; how to create long-lasting wellness and kickstart their creativity.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada named her theatrical keynote, ‘That’s Just Crazy Talk’, one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country.
When she’s not presenting, you can find her running in the trails on the Sunshine Coast in BC or practicing Chi Kung in the early morning.
She feels honored to be able to share her story and sharing her story helps her heal. As Victoria likes to say: “Sometimes… the harder we fall – the higher we bounce.”
Difficult Discussions Workshop
CMHA Certified Psychological Health &
Safety Advisor and Trainer for
the National Standard CAN/CSA-Z-1003 /
Workplace Wellness Consultant/
Resilient Minds Instructor Trainer
Difficult Discussions offers a unique “Safe to Fail” environment while learning the skills necessary for effective discussions with people dealing with mental health issues; their own or a family member. The workshop teaches the principles of “Effective Questioning” and “Active Listening” as well as basic communication skills. It then offers a safe environment in which to put those skills to the test. The “safe fail” is provided through the use of professional improvisational actors who follow various scenarios. However, these actors react directly to how the participants approach them. This simulated interaction helps prepare participants for the real world experiences they may one day face. The workshop is designed for anyone in management, supervisory or human resources who may be called upon to directly interact with an employee dealing with a mental health issue. The workshop can be specifically tailored to individual workplaces as required.
This presentation will cover basics concepts to consider before entering into a discussion with someone whom you believe may be struggling with a mental health issue.
The goal of the presentation is to help you understand the concept of “Active Listening” and “Effective Questioning” as well it will explain how to prepare yourself for the discussion and the resources you should have available for yourself and the individual during the discussion.
John is semi-retired from a career in the Arts and Entertainment and Media industry that lasted over 45 years.
He was actively involved in his union on a local and national level for almost 20 years and developed an interest in the issues of Accommodation and Work/Life Balance.
He has worked as an advocate for members struggling with burnout, mental health issues and others seeking accommodations from their employer in order to find a balance between the demands of work and the demands of a personal / family life issue.
He is currently working in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (SK Div.) in a partnership with the Service and Hospitality Association of Saskatchewan to help their members improve the psychological safety of their working environments through their “Mental Health Best Practices Group”. In conjunction with CMHA (SK Div.) he has developed the “Difficult Discussions” workshop using improvisational actors to present real-life scenarios in a “Safe Fail” environment which enables managers and supervisors to have difficult discussions with an employee who may be struggling with a mental health issue.
John also facilitates discussions between managers and their employees regarding the topic of a psychologically safe workplace.
Ready, Set, Recognize: Detecting Workplace Mental Illness and How to Help
Mental Health Advocate
Combining her own ‘been there – done that’ experience of bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis, her successful return to work and knowledge as a mental health worker, Victoria offers a clear overview of mental illnesses, early warning signs and the associated risk factors.
The program helps differentiate performance problems from mental health issues and provides a concise and effective framework to sensitively approach, talk and support individuals who may be dealing with mental health issues.
Physical Activity as a Tool to Enhance Mental Health
Senior Policy Analyst, Sport Culture & Recreation Branch
Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport
Over the past few decades, our society has become increasingly inactive. Physical activity has largely been designed out of people’s lives and people now think they have to go out of their way to be active and it is only done during leisure time, in a gym or sports field. The result is nearly half of Canadian adults are not physically active enough to benefit their health and well being – including their mental health.
This presentation will explore the benefits of physical activity, how moving more can enhance mental health and well being and how physical activity can reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
The presentation will also explore workplace strategies to improve overall employee health and wellness.
Melanie Baumann graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with her B.Sc in Kinesiology and M.sc in Kinesiology. The majority of her career has been spent leading projects, programs and policies in the physical activity and recreation sector. She has worked for the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, Government of Saskatchewan as a Senior Policy Analyst for the past 9 years. As part of her work, she represents Saskatchewan at Federal, Provincial and Territorial tables on physical activity and recreation.
Melanie is very passionate about physical activity and the benefits of living an active lifestyle. She strongly believes physical activity should be viewed as one of many tools to enhance mental health for children, youth and adults. Melanie lives in Regina with her two young boys, puppy and husband Ryan.
PTSD and Post-Traumatic Growth
Director of OSI-Can
OSI-CAN is a program that provides mental health support services to Veterans and First Responders/Public Safety personnel dealing with Operational Stress Injury (OSI). OSI-CAN is a grassroots program that began in Saskatchewan offering hope and recovery to the men and women who serve our country. Today, the program has expanded beyond Saskatchewan into British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba.
Julius was born in South Carolina, and served in the U.S. Air Force.
The son of a World War II veteran, he along with two brothers served in the military during the Vietnam War and he is also the father of veterans.
Julius started with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Saskatchewan (CMHA SK) in the Justice Community Support Program. In 2016, he was selected as the director for the OSI-CAN Support Initiative, a program of CMHA SK.
A downloadable PDF Agenda will be posted closer to the date of the conference
**Please note that ONLY the Keynote presentations will be live. We have chosen to pre-record our other presenters to ensure video and sound quality. Keynote presentations will ONLY be available to watch Live at the specified time in our schedule. All other presentations can be enjoyed any time. **