Stronger connections: Communities working together

5th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference

Join experts, colleagues and friends from Ontario’s community mental health and addiction sector for the 5th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference, May 28 to 30, at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, 801 Dixon Road.

This year’s Conference promises to be our biggest and best one yet. We're growing from 6 streams to 8 streams, for a total of 48 educational sessions to choose from.
Under our theme - Stronger Connections: Communities Working Together – we’re going to focus on the work we can do, and the partnerships and collaborations already happening at the ground level to build comprehensive and accessible addiction and mental health systems.

Program highlights

Education offerings for all parts of the sector - whether you work at a community agency or hospital, on the front-lines or in a leadership role, or in public health, the justice or corrections system, this program is designed to meet your needs.

Eight Streams delivering high-quality, thought-provoking content:    

  • Governance and Leadership
  • Treatment and Services
  • Opioid Treatment
  • Integration and Collaboration A
  • Integration and Collaboration B
  • Research and Knowledge Mobilization
  • Health Prevention and Promotion
  • Peer Support and Family Support

Keynote speakers and stories that will inspire:

  • Sean McCann, formerly of the band Great Big Sea, is back by popular demand to lead our Sunday evening plenary on "Working Together for Recovery." 
  • On Monday morning, we'll hear from Ann Dowsett Johnston, award-winning journalist and author of the acclaimed book Drink. 
  • Canadian comedian Jessica Holmes is perhaps best known for her work on Royal Canadian Air Farce. What people may not know, however, is she's one of the many Canadians who has experienced depression. 
  • Jesse Thistle is a road allowance Metis from Saskatchewan and a Trudeau and Vanier scholar. He will be sharing his journey confronting trauma, and how he overcame life on the street and addiction to become a leading voice on intergenerational trauma. 

See more of the Conference program on Addictions and Mental Health Ontario’s website here and register for the conference here. Note the deadline to receive the special Conference rate for the hotel is this Friday, May 12. Reserve your hotel room here.