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People’s Forum on Mental Health & Mental Illness

"Dealing with the Elephant in the room"

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 Student Life Centre Kings University College

WHAT TO EXPECT: The full day Forum dealing with Mental Health and Mental Illness will see 250 participants listening to some amazing community leaders sharing their stories. There are morning and afternoon breakout sessions with 10 unique workshops to choose from. The Organizing Committee is grateful to all individuals and community organizations who have donated their time, energy, funding and staff support to help make this public event happen, ensuring we keep it FREE for all those attending. All presenters, performers, speakers and facilitators have volunteered to give of themselves, in service to the London community and those living with mental health issues. Please applaud them for their kindness and generosity.


  • Warrior Women of Positive Voice (Nokee Kwe)
  • Belong To Song (Canadian Mental Health Association)


  • 1. "Understanding Unconscious Bias: Making the Unconscious Conscious" Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Senior Designate Physician Lead-Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, LHSC
  • 2. "Three Hundred Years Of Mad People's Advocacy" Dr. Geoffrey Reaume, Author & Associate Professor-Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University


  • 1. Indigenous Mental Health & Wellness – Tracey Whiteye (N'Amerind Friendship Centre) and Holly Pichette (Nokee Kwe)
  • 2. Living Alive Granola - Stephanie Brown
  • 3. Transition Age Project - Youth Mental Health & Addictions Council
  • 4. Changing Lives through Music – Catherine McInnes (Belong To Song)
  • 5. Animals for Mental Health & Wellness – Elizabeth Baker (Thames Centre Service Animals)
  • 6. Lonely Out Here On This Limb – Margaret Boos

HOT TOPIC BREAKOUT SESSIONS [concurrent, 90-minute] 10 to choose from

To close the day have a Call to Action Panel Discussion : "MOVING BEYOND WORDS": Moderator: Dr. Jeff Preston (NECC Member & Associate Professor, King's University College)

Platform Panel Guests, comprising invited representatives who are well-known decision-makers and agents of change in the London and area.

  • Dani Bartlett, Mental Health Workplace facilitator for the Canadian Labour Congress
  • Sandra Datars Bere, Managing Director, Housing, Social Services & Dearness Home, City of London
  • Michael Dawthorne, Chair, Parents For Children's Mental Health/Chair, City's Accessibility Advisory Committee/Forum Organizing Committee
  • Dr. Chris Mackie, Chief Medical Officer, Middlesex London Health Unit
  • Dr. Beth Mitchell, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association London
  • John Pare, Chief of Police, London Police Service
  • Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director, Mission Services of London
  • Deana Ruston, Person with Lived Experience, community connector!
  • Peggy Sattler, MPP-London West, and Ontario NDP

Last Updated: Friday, 12 October 2018 11:09:09 AM EST

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