The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division will host our virtual workplace mental health conference on March 8 & 9, 2022. Working Stronger: Building Strategies - Improving Mental Health is designed to help Alberta's employers create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces. The Working Stronger Conference makes mental health matter by presenting tools, strategies, resources and supports.
The Working Stronger Conference is a two-day province-wide virtual opportunity that brings together employers, first responders and emergency workers, leaders, employees, union leaders, frontline service workers, consultants, occupational health and safety personnel, human resource professionals and health professionals to learn about best practices in workplace mental health. Through informative speakers, engaging panel discussions and opportunities to connect, the Working Stronger Conference empowers delegates to become mental health champions within their workplace.
Mobilizing Your Workplace Mental Health Strategy Stream
You are sold on the need for a workplace mental health strategy - now
what? This stream provides practical steps and real-world case studies to
make mental health matter in your workplace. Using proven techniques,
programs, resources and training, organizations and individuals who have
built mental health strategies into their workplaces explain how they
started and where they are now. Mental health doesn't have to be
complicated. Presenters provide mental health strategies that can be
implemented at any level of your organization. Building mental health
into your organization's overall strategy will be less dauntingafter the
Working Stronger Conference.
Using Lived Experience to Improve Outcomes Stream
Mental illness and addictions play a significant role in all workplace
enivronments. Learning from those with first-hand experience and
discussing various approaches to supportand understanding allows us to build
capacity and respond appropriately. Participants will learn how
workplace stress, bullying, psychological risks, environments and duties
play a role in creating organizational mental health. Stories of lived
experience illustrate the impacts of mental illness or addiction on the
working lives of employees and provides an intimate look into workplace
struggles, supports and needs. Individuals share their personal
stories and offer solutionsto the challenges of supporting workplace mental
Leading with Employee's Mental Health in Mind Stream
As a leader, you influence mental health wihtin your workplace. You
set the tone, pace and expectations for your team. You are a key piece
to how employees perceive their workplace. Learning how to talk about
mental health and how to influence the 13 psychosocial factors for workplace
mental health can increase productivity, improve engagement and reduce
turnover rates. The Working Stronger Conference offers proactive
tools, rsources and mindsets to maintain and improve employee mental health.
Leaders are provided program ideas, activities, tools and practices that
promote overall well-being and encourage healthier, more engaged
Abstracts will be accepted until September 15, 2021
Presenters will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted by
October 1, 2021
Presenters must agree to be paid registrants of the conference. Honoraria is not available for presenters.
Please note: Based on the number of presentations we receive, we may have to combine presentations. If your abstract is not accepted, you may have an opportunity to present a
webinar or poster presentation.
presenter may submit multiple abstracts for the conference. One submission
for each presentation.
All submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
• Relevance to the conference theme
• Clarity and coherence of the submission
• Contribution of knowledge, expertise or best practices
• Relevance and utility to participants
• Evidence that submission will encourage interaction among conference
• Key points of presentation and evidence of ‘participant take-away’.
Acceptance as a Presenter:
Presenters must be paid registrants. Presenters will receive a $150.00 discount on registration fees. Upon acceptance, interested parties have the opportunity to speak at the Working Stronger Conference or host a webinar to all participants up to 12 months after the conference.
An electronic version of the presentation must be submitted to the event manager shortly before the conference for posting to the CMHA Alberta website and the virtual platform.
Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee.
Presenter(s) may submit multiple abstracts for the conference.
Recorded presentations by all presenters, including presentation materials, will be available to conference attendees for up to one (1) year after the conference.