Adolescent Sessions

Ages 13-18 (9:00 am - Noon)

When someone has a mental illness, it can mean many different things.
When family members, friends, or people you care about suffer from a mental illness there can be a lot of changes in their lives that can affect you. Family members or friends may seem different, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about you.
Some of the info to be covered: What about me? Exactly!!! You have your own stuff to deal with. Taking care of yourself is very important – we have some ideas – “please share yours”
When should I ask for support and where do I go to get it?
Learn more about different mental illnesses
Meet others who are in similar situations
​ Share what has worked for you and find out what has been helpful for others


                                                             ​No fee- snacks provided!

Child Sessions

Ages 9-12 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

​Children may have many questions and worries when someone in their family has a mental illness. They may ask, “Did I do something wrong? or, “Will I catch it?”
​This session will help children between the ages of 9 and 12 find answers to some of these questions.

Children will learn about mental illness using workbooks, games, and talking. Part of the afternoon will be spent discussing feelings and developing a variety of coping skills.

​ ​No fee- snacks provided!

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2018 Conference Agenda

Sleep & Its Impact on Mental Health

8:30 - 9:00 am          Registration

9:00 - 9:15 am          Welcome and Greetings- 

​              Committee Chair Liz Letwiniuk 

9:15 - 10:30 am       Family Panel-

             Schizophrenia Society Partnership Program:                                

                 Stories of Recovery for Mental Illness

10:30 - 10:45 am     Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm    Keynote Speaker Dr. Rachana Bodani

​Rachana Bodani grew up  in Regina Saskatchewan.  After high school she completed her B. Sc. in physiology and then M.D. at the university of Saskatchewan.  She then specialized in psychiatry and completed a 5 year residency at Western university in London, Ontario. It was during residency that she developed an interest in sleep medicine and she has continued to foster that interest through ongoing training in sleep. She is currently enrolled with the university of Oxford completing postgraduate studies in sleep medicine. Her psychiatric practice is now fully devoted to individuals with sleep disorders, with or without other mental health conditions.  

12:00 - 1:00 pm        Lunch

1:00 - 1:20 pm          Presentation: Family Program

1:20 - 1:30 pm          * Room Change *

1:30 - 2:30 pm          Breakout Session 1 

  •  Anxiety - Dr. Amy Robson-MacKay      
  • Schizophrenia -  Dr. Ashwati Raghunath  
  • Depression -  Dr. Catherine Sutherland
  • Concurrent Disorders - Barbara Papp, BA, Canadian Certified Addictions Counselor (CACCF)    
  • Bipolar Spectrum - Dr. Kristen Edwards and Dr. Sarah Frangou                  

2:30 - 2:45 pm       * Breakout Session Room Change*

2:45 - 3:45 pm          Breakout Session 2

  • Anxiety -   Dr. Amy Robson-MacKay  
  • **NEW**  Personality & Attachment - Dr. David Chong and Dr. Kylie Riou   
  • Depression -  - Dr. Lee-Anne Gilecki
  • Concurrent Disorders -  Barbara Papp, BA, Canadian Certified Addictions Counselor (CACCF)
  • Bipolar Spectrum - Dr. Kristen Edwards and Dr. Sarah Frangou

3:45 - 4:00 pm          Wrap up & Evaluations