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Grad Minds University of Toronto
Open Minds Conference! - Grad Minds University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
March 29, 2017
Welcome our annual Open Minds Conference!

"Being Healthy is a State of Mind "

Wednesday, March 29 at 5 PM - 10 PM, Hart House, University of Toronto

... is a mantra we all need to live by, especially as students, where stress and anxiety can become part of our daily life. Grad Minds is excited to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about mental health; because a healthy mind is vital to a healthy life.

Join us for an inspiring evening of excellent workshops and engaging speakers.

This conference is free, but we urge you to register through Eventbrite for the workshops you plan on attending as there are workshops occuring at the same time and limited tickets for each.

If you have any questions, don't hestitate to message us on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you!

The schedule for the evening:

5:00 - 5:30 pm Keynote Address by Dr. Sakina Rizvi

5:30 - 6:00 pm Keynote Address by Michael Landsberg

6:00 - 6:30 pm Keynote Address by Dr. Bill Ju

6:40 - 7:40 pm Concurrent Sessions 1
(A) Suicide Prevention
(B) Imposter Syndrome
(C) Hearing Voices: Reconnecting & Building Resilience

7:40 - 8:40 pm Concurrent Sessions 2
(A) Film Workshop: Keeping Film in Mind
(B) Wellness
(C) Eating Disorders

8:40 - 9:40 pm Concurrent Sessions 3
(A) Film Screening: "I'm Okay" by Curt Jaimungal
(B) Musical Performances
(C) Poetry Reading Session

Details of events:

Dr. Sakina Rizvi (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UofT and Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital) will discuss some of the biological and behavioural risk factors underlying depression and suicide.

Michael Landsberg (Sports Journalist for TSN and Mental Health Advocate for BellLetsTalk) will share experience living with depression and generalized anxiety disorder and navigating these challenges as a successful sports journalist and public figure.

Dr. Bill Ju (Assistant Professor in Human Biology at UofT) will discuss mental health on campus and anxieties that students may feel during their time at university and throughout their lives.

Suicide Prevention:

Amber Zhu (Toronto Distress Centre), Frank Preyd (Canadian Mental Health Association) and Lois Didyk (TEGH Community Outreach) – Panelists will discuss the importance of suicide awareness, understanding why people consider suicide and attempt to take their lives, and how to talk to individuals that are going through crisis.

Imposter Phenomenon:

Dr. Janelle Joseph (Learning strategist at UofT) - Impostor Phenomenon is the all-encompassing fear of being found out to not have what it takes, even if they have outwards signs of success. Students may feel like a ‘fraud’ or ‘not smart enough.’ This workshop aims to make students aware of Imposter Phenomenon and provide tips for overcoming it and gaining confidence in their professional and academic lives.

Hearing Voices:

Kevin Healey (RecoveryNetwork:Toronto) – An invitation to join a different conversation about diverse human experiences and struggling in the world. Hearing voices, and other experiences we call ‘psychosis,’ is remarkably common, yet taboo.
At its core, “mental illness” is human pain: disconnection and disempowerment. Speaking with languages of human experience we create new ways of sense-making, interpreting, and living.
Already, emancipatory approaches, like ‘Hearing Voices,’ are enabling people to support each other in reconnecting and finding power to lead a life worth living.


Dr. Brenda Toner (Professor of Psychiatry at UofT) will discuss the importance of mindfulness mediation and its benefits to your mental health.

Devina Daya, (PhD Candidate) will discuss a holistic approach to improving mental health by reducing brain inflammation and improving brain function.

Eating Disorders:

Dr. Allan Kaplan (Professor of Psychiatry, UofT & Scientist CAMH) will discuss the genetics underlying anorexia and bulimia nervosa and some of the common myths surrounding eating disorders.
Kyla Fox, founder of the Kyla Fox Treatment Centre, will share her personal experience with anorexia, understanding eating disorders in our culture and spreading awareness.

Keeping film in mind:

TIFF Reel Comfort presents short films and big ideas on wellness, community and connection

Speaker: Elysse Leonard

Film Screening: "I'm Okay", Curt Jaimungal

An anti-romantic comedy that deals with both romance and mental health. Trailer:

Formed through a student initiative at the University of Toronto in September 2013, Grad Minds is now officially recognized as the Mental Health Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union (UTGSU). The committee was born from the recognition that graduate students face unique challenges, many of which are not being sufficiently addressed, and there is a lack of dedicated services or programs aimed at graduate students’ mental health on campus.

Contact :

Grad Minds University of Toronto
16 Bancroft Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


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