Abstracts and Presentations

Thank you for your interest. Abstracts and Presentation outlines submission is now closed.

Notification of acceptance will occur no later than December 6, 2019. Thank you for your patience.

Share your stories! We welcome presenters from the following:

  • Individuals (with family/friends) wishing to share their lived experiences with mental health.
  • Community organizations with programs relating to mental health.
  • Healthcare providers working or interested in mental health.
  • Academics engaged in research relating to mental health.
  • Students/trainees conducting research relating to mental health.

With the aim of fostering a space for productive knowledge sharing, and recognizing the need for a meeting that explores the unique contexts, challenges, and place-specific solutions to mental health problems and addictions on the Canadian Prairies, we invite submissions on the general theme of Mental Health on the Prairies: Social Justice, Vulnerability, and Resilience.


Living better: mental health and addictions (e.g., topics including lived experiences, mental health literacy, school-based/campus-based programs and interventions, arts-based approaches, digital approaches to mental health),
Furthering the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and decolonizing mental health practices (e.g., topics including Indigenous approaches to healing, Indigenous healthcare quality, improving Indigenous health research),
Creating systems that support care and self-care (e.g., topics including balancing care priorities, program re-design, addressing burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue),
Working with diverse communities (e.g., topics addressing inequalities including race, income, gender, sexuality, disability, age, and citizenship).

Presentation Formats

Traditional oral presentation: an oral presentation is 20 or 40 minutes, plus time for questions and discussion.
Symposium: an 80-minute presentation, plus time for questions consisting of multiple researchers/practitioners and a moderator.
Display board presentation
• Contributions in other than traditional scholarly media, such as work in the visual, musical, or dramatic arts.

The organizers are working to secure external funding to help precariously employed members and graduate students to participate in the conference.

The deadline to submit presentation outlines is November 1, 2019.

Applicants should submit a form containing a presentation outline (between 250 and 300 words), along with a short biographical statement of 50 to 75 words. Forms can be downloaded from the links at the bottom of this page. For presenters from the community or presenters of lived experiences, please fill out the “Community Presenters” fillable form. For academic presenters, please fill out the “Academic Abstracts” fillable form.

We also welcome individuals who are interested in participating in the blind review of abstracts and presentations. Please fill out the questionnaire at the bottom of the fillable form if you are interested.

Submit the completed form to PrairieHealthConference@BrandonU.ca.