HMC Transparentsz

Bright Future Mental Health & Addictions Recovery Conference

 

On Friday, August 19th, 2016, Healthy Minds Canada and Magpie Media partnered to host a one day conference all about recovery at TELUS House.

Over 110 people joined us to hear from over 30 panelists (experts, those who are living in recovery, and those who wear both hats!) share their stories of experience, knowledge, and insight regarding all things recovery.

They were also treated to a welcome greeting from Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and a key note talk by City TV’s Tammie Sutherland.

 “I thought the format was great. It gave me an opportunity to hear from a number of people all offering their personal experience. I was most inspired by Ravi [Sarin]. I must admit my thoughts on people with a serious mental health diagnosis were that they would never reach personal success and career fulfillment. He proved me wrong.” – Conference attendee

panel6_1

 

The conference also featured a marketplace where other mental health organizations could set up tables to promote the excellent work they do.

outside-displays

67% of event post-survey respondents reported that they are likely or very likely to reach out to organizations they visited in the marketplace!

 

Bright Future evaluation summary

The Bright Future Recovery Conference had a clear, positive impact on attendees. 100% of respondents indicated that they would take action regarding their mental health, with the top 3 actions being getting involved with mental health organizations/events (76%), discussing mental health with friends and family (74%), and educating others (69%).

In addition, the conference educated attendees on the path to take in order to help themselves or a loved one with a mental health concern.  Before the conference, only 83% of pre-survey respondents said they would know what to do if they or a friend or family member was struggling with their mental health, and only 76% said that the role of a friend or family member in recovery was clear to them – these numbers jumped to 90% and 88% respectively following the event.

Before the conference, only 46% of respondents said that the path to re-entering the workplace following a mental health concern was clear to them, compared with 65% afterwards.

97% of respondents said that they would recommend the Bright Future Recovery Conference to others, and 73% planned on telling their friends and family about the conference.

 

Quotes from attendees:

The highlight was meeting other survivors and sharing the feeling of shame and guilt. Together we are One!!!!”

 “Ravi [Sarin] was incredibly inspiring and I plan to use what I learned from him to help my clients and their families.”

 “I thought this conference was fantastic! My colleagues and I can’t stop talking about how much we enjoyed attending this event. Thank you for a job well-done!”

“I was so pleased to hear the voice of lived experience throughout the conference…proving that recovery from schizophrenia is possible. I truly enjoyed the keynote speaker and admire her bravery/strength in sharing her story.”

 

Data at a glance:

  • 67% of respondents reported that they are likely or very likely to reach out to organizations they visited in the marketplace
  • 97% of respondents would recommend this event to others
  • 73% of respondents said they planned on telling their friends and family about the conference
  • 100% of respondents indicated that they would take action regarding their mental health, with 76% saying they would get involved with mental health organizations/events, 74% saying they would discuss mental health with friends and family, and 69% saying they would educate others.
  • Before the conference, only 83% of respondents said they would know what to do if they or a friend or family member was struggling with their mental health – this number jumped to 90% following the event.
  • Before the conference, only 76% of respondents said that the role of a friend or family member in recovery was clear to them – this number jumped to 88% following the event
  • Before the conference, only 46% of respondents said that the path to re-entering the workplace following a mental health concern was clear to them – this number jumped to 65% following the event.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

OtsukaCanada_E_CSC

Lundbeck

 

 

 

 

Janssen_Cons_RGB

omhf_logo_cmyk