CMHA AB Working Stronger 2021 Call for Abstracts

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 health.

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 organizations.

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.

Presentation Stream
Please choose the stream that your that relates to your submission

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.

Please choose the presentation format for your submission

Presenter Information

Presenter Name(s):




Mailing Address: (street, town, province, postal code)


Phone: (Office and Cell)

Your Submission

The presenter may submit multiple abstracts for the conference. One submission for each presentation.

Title of your Presentation: (10 words or less) Required

Description of your workshop/presentation/poster (150 words or less) Required

How does your submission relate to your selected stream? Required

Please provide detail on learning provided, take-away for the participants to use and how you will engage the participants in the session.

Please provide a short biography of each presenter (50 words or less) Required

Presenter #2 Biography

Presenter #3 Biography

Presenter #4 Biography


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.