Friday, January 22, 2016




January 27th
-Lunch & Learn Workshops
13:00 - 16:00 — FTX 147

Three workshops will be held to facilitate active, engaging, and critical dialogue on mental health and the gaps in th
e current mental health campaign discourse. These workshops will be free, drop-in, and light food will be provided. Access needs available upon request.

Workshop #1: Disability and Racial Justice
- Roselyne Dougé-Charles is a fourth year student who is deeply interested in critical race theories. Disability has often been described as a form of ethnic minority or race. This workshop will refute this idea and explain the ways that race and disability may intersect but are not alike.

Workshop #2: LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
- Zac Johnstone, a third year student and the Dare to Dream Coordinator at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, is facilitating a workshop that will
focus on building positive mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth. This workshop will aim to provide a closer look at the many barriers LGBTQ+ youth face, and how those barriers might be overcome through an anti-oppressive lens.

Workshop #3: Issues of Trauma and Navigating the Legal system
- Lieutenant Colonel and Honourable Randy Callan specializes in operational law, administrative law,and military justice. His presentation covers trauma issues and takes a closer look at cases of PTSD and how they are handled in the legal system, with respect to witnesses and the accused.

-Art Therapy
13:00 - 16:00 — UCU terminus and UCU Agora

Expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a persons physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The process involved can help resolve issues as well as develop and manage behaviour, feelings, and manage stress. 


-Mental Health 101
18:00 - 20:00 — 116 Alex Trebek Johnson Hall (English) and UCU 215 (French)

Want to be able to better recognize when you or someone you know may need psychological help and how to get it? Come and attend this brief interactive workshop held by Initiative 1in5 for some tips and tricks! A light snack will be provided.

January 28th
-Mental Health Action Forum
11:00 - 14:00 — UCU Agora

This Forum gives students the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders of the University of Ottawa - working together to provide input, assess and share ideas and feedback around the current mental health resources on campus. In an ongoing effort to be a proactive and responsive community, the Forum will contribute to plans to work more collaboratively across the University of Ottawa around mental health and wellbeing, and to further develop policies, programs, services and informational resources at the University of Ottawa.Come to provide your voice, input and to ask questions – either for the full forum or for whatever time you can spare

-Let’s Talk About Bell Let’s Talk
18:00 - 20:00 — UCU Alumni Auditorium

This free panel brings together active student leaders, organizers, and mental health advocates who will speak to their lived experiences, including issues of stigma on campus and in our various communities. The panel will then discuss Bell Let's talk, which will allow for critical, open, dialogue on the successes and drawbacks of hashtag activism and the facilitation of these types of fundraising initiatives. PWYC donations encouraged. Access needs available upon request.

An introduction to the panelists:

Alex Neufeldt
- Alex Neufeldt is a 2nd year student at the University of Ottawa studying political science and economics. She works as a french tutor and a model. When she's not working or studying, she loves creating fashion sketches, watching or performing in musical theatre productions, skiing, and reading about political theory. As an anorexia survivor, Alex is committed to raising awareness of eating disorders, as well as advocating for improved access to treatment for people with eating disorders

Elsa
- Elsa is a queer brown femme who is living with depression. When she is not fighting for life she likes to spend time making music and dancing with her friends. She is recognized within the community for her work as a musician, promoter, community organizer, and friend.

Christine
- Recently graduated, Christine is a feminist, support worker, artist, and an activist who has spent a large portion of her time advocating for her rights to accommodations as per the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. She identifies as having post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personally disorder, she is also a survivor of incest and childhood sexual abuse. Christine believes in challenging labels and stereotypes about those with similar issues by direct confrontation with those labels and stereotypes in public settings. Christine is a big fan of coping through art and humour and tries to address the issues mentioned above with those coping strategies in mind.

Dustin Garron
-     Dustin is a third year Communication student here at the University of Ottawa. Named One of Canada’s Future Leaders by Maclean’s Magazine in 2013, Garron has been speaking on youth mental health and mental illness for the last five years. He was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2013 and was part of the National Faces of Mental Illness Campaign in the same year. To date he has shared his story with Depression, General Anxiety Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder with over 20,000 students.

January 29th
-Services Fair
13:00 - 16:00 — UCU Concourse

An opportunity for students to browse around and gain knowledge about the mental health resources offered to them in the Ottawa community.

-Charity Gala
18:00 - 23:00 — 112 Tabaret Hall

The Students Against Stigma Gala will be a charity event where all proceeds raised will go towards Wabano, YSB, and sponsoring students who wish to partake in courses like ASIST training and SafeTalk, which are normally expensive on a student budget.

Student Price: $15
Community Price: $30

Dress code: Semi-formal, formal

Gala Itinerary:

6PM: Doors open
6:30PM: Buffet Dinner Served
8PM: Speaker - Chris Mihney
8:30PM: Performance
8:45PM: Dessert Served
9:00PM: Speaker: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

9:30PM: Raffle Winners announced
Designed by Rachel Gold.