Mount Allison to host AAU Regional Student Mental Health Conference today
what we have accomplished and to plan targeted improvements for the future. We look forward to welcoming participants and to hearing and participating in the conference discussions.”
“Mount Allison hosted the AAU’S first regional student mental health conference in 2012. That gathering really kickstarted greater inter-institutional collaboration and sharing of best practices among our universities on this critical issue,” said Peter Halpin, executive director, AAU. “It also marked the beginning of the AAU’S partnership with Medavie Health Foundation.”
The conference will include a panel discussion on the current state of student mental health, as well as presentations on student strengths based resilience, and the AAU’S student mental health strategy.
From Strive to Thrive follows a number of mental health-directed initiatives by Atlantic-canadian universities, including Mount Allison.
In 2012, Mount Allison hosted Making the Connection: Developing a University Team Approach to Student Mental Health Care conference, presented by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) and the Medavie Health Foundation. The conference was designed to create greater awareness and focus on student mental health across the region’s universities.
In 2017, the Medavie Health Foundation, in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, announced the expansion of Pathway through Mental Health Care for Postsecondary Settings at Mount Allison. The student mental health initiative, led by Dr. Stan Kutcher, is working to ensure postsecondary students in New Brunswick will have access to improved mental health literacy and on-campus mental health care.
Surgery and anxiety around it will be the topics of this year’s Mount A Breakfast Chat, happening Saturday, Oct. 7.
The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Marshlands Inn, 55 Bridge St., Sackville. The discussion will be held in both English and French with translation available.
Moderated by Rima Azar, Mount Allison University associate professor of psychology and co-director of Navicare/soinsnavi, the Mount A Breakfast Chat events provides an opportunity to talk about issues in science and health in an informal setting.
“As human beings, we stress when facing the unknown. It is part of life and who we are, and surgery, and the anxiety that can come with it, is no exception,” says Azar. “The Mount A Breakfast Chat event will allow people to discuss surgery and related anxiety and fears in a safe setting with a general surgeon and a recent patient.”
Azar will moderate the event and provide translation services in English and French. Joining her this year is Dr. Najeeb Kadir, MD, FRCS(C), general surgeon at the Cumberland Regional Health Centre in Amherst, N.S., and Gayle Key, Sackville community member and patient with recent surgery experience.
Now in its third year, the Mount A Breakfast Chat focuses on a different health-related issue each year. This public outreach event brings healthcare professionals as well as community members to the events, offering a unique setting for individuals to discuss specific health and wellness topics.
The Breakfast Chat is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Participants are asked to RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. to Mountabreakfastchat@gmail. com.
Premier Brian Gallant is in Ottawa this week to make the case that New Brunswick’s unique demographic and innovative spirit make it the ideal location for a healthy seniors pilot focused on how to combat challenges produced by an aging demographic.
“Recognizing that New Brunswick is home to one of the largest percentages of people 65 and older in Canada, our province is the perfect location for a pilot project on healthy seniors,” said Gallant. “Finding innovative solutions to overcome some of the fiscal challenges that come with an aging population would benefit New Brunswick and the entire country.”
The pilot project would aim to determine best practices to keep seniors healthy and in their homes. Gallant will have the opportunity to discuss this when he meets with federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.
“It is one of the most significant challenges we face in New Brunswick,” said Gallant. “As well, the pilot project has the potential to spur economic opportunity in the province in the wake of concerns over the viability of the Energy East pipeline.”
While in Ottawa, Gallant will discuss the Energy East project and the challenges it is facing. He will also discuss cybersecurity, economic development and job creation during meetings with other federal cabinet ministers.
Mount Allison president Robert Campbell says much has been done to improve support in the areas of mental health and wellness, but he adds there is still much more that needs to be done.