When we developed the theme for this year’s Mental Health For All conference – Hope in an Age of Uncertainty – we did not know how uncertain things would soon become. But here we are.
Still, we have decided to open our Call for Abstracts.
We’re still not sure an in-person conference will take place in September. A virtual conference may bring us all together instead. Either way, we are putting out this call to you today because one thing is for sure: hope and resilience and recovery must infuse whatever will be the new normal.
You are the researchers, service providers, front-line workers, funders, policy makers and people with lived experience of mental health problems and mental illnesses.
For those of you who are on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – sharing hope and saving lives – our gratitude is immense.
For those you at your desk, or your kitchen table, or in whatever space you’ve “commandeered” at home, we send this call out to you. We might be in isolation physically, but we can all be working on a common project. In these anxious times, let that project be hope. The work you do is the very evidence for hope. Write it up. Celebrate it.
Come May 30, 2020, we will have a cache of your ideas, best practices and experiences that will stop fear in its tracks. Because that’s what hope does.
Please submit by May 30, 2020.
For more information about the CMHA Mental Health for All Conference 2020, please visit our website conference.cmha.ca. We’re working from home, but you can still reach us by phone 416-646-5557 ext. 24938.
Note: In consultation with health authorities, CMHA is continuing to monitor coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and their potential impact on the 2020 national Mental Health For All (MH4A) conference. At this time, the MH4A event slated for September 21-23 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario, remains scheduled as planned. Your health and safety are the priority. If anything changes, we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as possible.