2020 Virtual Mental Health Forum

October 21-22, 2020

OMSSA 2020 Mental Health Forum

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, for both human services professionals and the clients they work to support.

Through the pandemic, we’ve seen mounting evidence that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted our communities’ most vulnerable. As ‘helping professionals’, social services staff have worked quickly and tirelessly to support clients through unprecedented hardships, all while navigating uncertainty and upheaval in their own work and personal lives.

With continued uncertainty on the horizon, it’s more important than ever to turn our attention to mental health, wellness and resiliency. OMSSA’s 2020 Virtual Mental Health Forum will focus on building the skills and understanding to bolster resiliency and self-care for those working in the human services sector, and those they work to support.

The two-day virtual forum will offer valuable opportunities to:

  • Understand, mitigate and recuperate from the impacts of the pandemic on one's own mental health

  • Learn new skills, approaches and techniques to assist and support clients through continuing and escalating challenges

  • Exchange valuable information on lessons learned through the first stages of COVID with colleagues from across the province

Featured Speaker

Photo of Kim KatrinKim Katrin is a public researcher, human rights educator, and co-founder and Executive Director of The People Project, who credits her strong emotional resilience with her ability to heal as a survivor and sustain long term community-based development. Kim’s work is about creating an understanding of health equity through community engagement, and she balances both anecdotal lived experience and tangible practices for immediately reducing stress and confronting trauma.

Session Highlights

  • Mental Health Leadership for Organizations
  • Stress and Traumatic Stress in the Workplace
  • Fostering Hope and Optimism in Challenging Times
  • Racism and Mental Health
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • COVID-19 and the Escalating Opioid Crisis
  • COVID-19, Mental Health and Children
  • Mental Health and Seniors: Reducing Social Isolation