Minding Our Minds

minding our mindsThe Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria University in the University of Toronto will be hosting the sixth annual conference, Minding Our Minds: Mental Health in Higher Education on Thursday, October 26th from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
The conference is slightly unconventional in that it is broad in scope and is not limited to a particular group of attendees.  Students, administrators, faculty, health care workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, dons, and many more will come together to discuss and learn about some of the issues involved in tending to mental health within the university setting. We hope that you will join us for a broad discussion on the challenges, initiatives, and moral and intellectual considerations involved in this important and meaningful topic.



Minding Our Minds: Mental Health in Higher Education

October 26, 2017

Conference Programme

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Registration and Healthy Start Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Welcome & Opening Keynote: Impact of  Cultural Identity on Mental Health (in University and College Students) presented by Dr. Rani Srivastava, Chief of Nursing Practice and Professional Services, CAMH

10:45 – 11:00: Break

11:00 - 12:15: Panel Discussion - Mental Health: Cultural, Social and Personal Contexts featuring: 

12:15 - 1:00: Lunch and Info Fair
1:00 - 2:15: Keynote: The Importance of Social Factors in Mental Health in Higher Education, presented by Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute

2:15 - 3:00: Student Voices

3:00 - 3:15: Break
3:15 - 4:30: Professionally Facilitated Workshops - Please select one:

1.) Identify, Assist and Refer with Melissa Fernandes and Chad Jankowski, Health Education Coordinators, University of Toronto

2.) Bystander Intervention with Aisling Burke and Lara Hoff

4:30: Dismissal 

Free for registered U of T students, and $60 for all others. This includes lunch and refreshment breaks for all registrants.


REGISTER NOW (Non UofT Student Registration)

Note: All personal information will be kept confidential and is for the sole purpose of conference registration.
We hope you will join us for our (now annual!) conference. Please contact Meghan Junke at
vic.ideas@utoronto.ca and 416-585-4528 if you have any questions.

Current Students