Congress 2024

Program

Explore groundbreaking insights in digital mental health at the 9th International Congress. With 30+ thought-provoking sessions, our agenda sparks transformative ideas in an immersive setting. Join us for an inspiring journey shaping the future of mental well-being.

Please note, this program is preliminary and subject to updates. Stay tuned!

All times below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

7:30 AM — 8:00 AM EST

Registration & Badge Pickup

CHECKING IN

The doors will open at 7:30 am! Make sure to check in using the QR code on your ticket and pick up your badge at the registration desk located just inside the entrance to the Shaw Centre. Then, follow the signs to Canada Hall, the main stage for the morning plenary session. 

Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee or your preferred beverage on the way! Then settle in for two days of connection, inspiration, and collaboration with experts and passionate colleagues from around the world.

ATTENDING ONLINE? 

The online portal will open approximately a week before the event, providing ample time for you to prepare and settle in! The livestream will sync with the in-person Congress, allowing you to seamlessly follow the program. Kindly note that the Main Stage session will be streamed live, while recordings of the Trillium Room sessions will be available shortly afterward. Also, keep an eye out for more details on the third virtual stream happening at the same time—stay tuned for more details on that!

NEED SUPPORT?

If you need help navigating your way around the venue, or have any other concerns, eMHIC and Shaw Centre staff will be more than happy to assist. For virtual assistance, please email congress@emhicglobal.com

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM EST

Welcome & Formal Opening

eMHIC Welcome & Formal Opening

eMHIC and the Mental Health Commission of Canada will extend a warm welcome to delegates from around the world to the Congress, while also honoring and acknowledging the First Peoples and the traditional land on which we are gathered.

SPEAKERS

Florence Khoriaty, Congress MC (5 mins)

Cultural Welcome (10 mins)

Michel Rodrigue, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (5 mins) 

Chuck Bruce, Board Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (5 mins)

Anil Thapliyal, Executive Director, eMental Health International Collaborative (eMHIC) (5 mins)

9:00 AM — 9:15 AM EST

Immersive Deep Listening Experience

More details to be revealed soon!

HOST

Alchemic Sonic Environment

9:15 AM — 9:45 AM EST

Keynote Speaker: Dr John Torous

Telehealth Beyond Video Visits: Exploring the Landscape of Smartphone Apps, Digital Phenotyping, and New Clinical Care Models

More details to be revealed soon!

SPEAKER

Dr. John Torous, Director of Digital Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital. 

STRUCTURE

20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

9:50 AM — 10:25 AM EST

“Brag and Steal” Panel Discussion: Strategy and Policy Across Borders

Pioneering Change: Government-led Initiatives Around the World

In this captivating Brag and Steal session, Government Leaders from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand will unveil their pioneering national strategies, shaping the future of mainstream mental health care through digital integration.

MODERATOR:

Michel Rodrigue, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

PANELISTS

Michel Rodrigue, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Chris Wright, National Advisor for Digital Mental Health, Scotland

Senior Government Representatives from Ireland and New Zealand to be confirmed soon.

STRUCTURE: 5 minute (lightening-speed) presentations + 15 mins Q&A

10:30 AM — 10:40 AM EST

Special Topic: Digital Mental Health Accreditation

Fostering Capacity in Mental Health: Key Enabling Factors in the Digital Health Era

In the ever-evolving landscape of mental health care, the convergence of technology and healthcare, known as ‘Digital Health,’ has ushered in transformative advancements. However, in the absence of a clear understanding of which technologies are safe and without a digitally prepared workforce, the world faces a pressing challenge.

Join us to explore how we can collectively rise to meet this challenge and ensure the safe and effective integration of digital health solutions in mental healthcare.

SPEAKER

Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO, ORCHA (Organisation for the Review and Care of Health Apps)

10:45 AM — 10:55 AM EST

Spotlighting Success: Kids Help Phone (KHP) in Canada

How a 35-year-old Start up Continues to Revolutionize E-Mental Health

In this presentation, CEO Kathy Hay will share how Kids Help Phone (KHP), Canada’s only national, 24/7, multi-lingual, e-mental health solution for young people, has continually innovated, growing services from 1.9M annually to over 20M interactions since 2020 and why it defines itself as a 35-year-old start up.

KHP understands that young people are changing faster than ever, and technology is changing even faster. To meet the diverse needs of youth in Canada, we must harness data and technology to create impactful, scalable solutions.

In 2018, KHP launched the Youth Mental Health Innovation Imperative and first began using AI and machine learning to triage users and support human-to-human crisis response. Since then, KHP has developed the largest data set youth on youth mental health in the country and has now launched the Youth Mental Health Innovation Applied Research Hub to fuel new technologies and access points to reach youth in every corner of Canada.

Learn about what’s next to come in KHP’s long-term vision as we work directly with young people to build a personalized, interactive eco-system to transform youth mental health now and in the future.

SPEAKER

Katherine (Kathy) Hay, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone, Canada

10:55 AM — 11:25 AM EST

Morning Break

Refreshments will be served in the Trillium Room, which is located directly above Canada Hall and accessible via an escalator, stairs, or a lift. 

11:25 AM — 12:25 PM EST

Main Stage – Canada Hall
Population Mental Health Approaches

MODERATOR: Florence Khoriaty

Experience in the Use of AI in Mental Wellness, Therapists’ Assistants and Serious Mental Illness

SPEAKER

Professor Robert Morris, Chief Technology Strategist, Data, Science & Technology, Ministry of Health Office for Healthcare Transformation, Singapore

Professor Robert Morris will present innovative mental health care technologies developed by Singapore’s Ministry of Health Transformation (MOHT) unit. He will discuss the HOPES Digital Phenotyping project, which aids post-discharge mental illness care through wearable devices and mobile apps that monitor patient conditions, providing automated coaching and timely interventions.

Additionally, he will cover mindline.sg, a platform for mental well-being that offers self-assessment, education, AI-driven exercises, and therapist support, reaching 10-20% of Singapore’s population. Professor Morris will explain how these tools enhance self-care and community-based care, and their potential for global application. Join us to explore these advancements and their transformational impact on mental health management.

Implementing Digital Mental Health Interventions for Refugees and Migrants in Routine Care Settings: The Perspective of Psychologists Working in Public, Private and NGO Organizations

SPEAKER

Kristofer Vernmark, Researcher at Linköping University and Founder of the National association for Digital psychologists, Sweden

Refugees and certain migrant groups face both elevated stress and an increased risk of mental health problems, as well as potential healthcare exclusion due to access barriers. Digital mental health interventions and assessment procedures could mitigate this by extending reach and access to evidence-based treatments. However, the successful dissemination of such interventions relies on the endorsement from mental health professionals in healthcare settings.

In this session, results from a stakeholder survey conducted in Sweden targeting psychologists in public, private, and NGO organizations, are presented. The survey explored psychologists’ knowledge, attitudes, and acceptance of digital mental health solutions for refugees and migrants, including their views on the cultural adaptation of interventions. Using content analysis and the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), the survey identified barriers and facilitators to effective implementation, providing critical insights that could enhance the integration of digital mental health interventions for refugees and migrants in routine care.

The data presented is collected as part of the SAHA-project: https://liu.se/en/research/saha

OTHER SPEAKERS

Marie Paldam Folker, Director of the Centre for Digital Psychiatry, Denmark

UNICEF – Speaker TBC

Stage 2 – Trillium Room
Lived Experience & Peer Support

MODERATOR: Professor Andrew (Andy) Greenshaw

SPEAKERS

Rachel Green, CEO of SANE, Australia

Other speakers coming soon!

Join us for an insightful session on lived experience perspectives and digital mental health peer support communities. Discover how online platforms offer vital support and connection for individuals navigating mental health challenges. Stay tuned for updates on confirmed speakers who will share their expertise and experiences in this evolving field.

Virtual Stream

More information coming soon

12:25 AM — 13:25 AM EST

Lunch Break

Lunch will be served in the Trillium Room, which is located directly above Canada Hall and accessible via an escalator, stairs, or a lift. 

13:25 AM — 14:30 PM EST

Main Stage – Canada Hall
Adolescent & Youth Focus

MODERATOR: Florence Khoriaty

Youth Council Panel: Gen-Z Co-Shaping the Future of E-Mental Health

SPEAKERS

Youth Council Representatives and Staff from Mental Health Commission of Canada and Kids Help Phone. 

Panel speaker line-up to be revealed soon!

Get ready for a lively panel session  on how organizations and practitioners can team up with youth to stay on top of the ever-changing world of digital mental health while making a real impact. We’ll talk about what meaningful youth engagement looks like, the processes and setups needed for it, and how to steer clear of token gestures.

Leveraging Digital Mental Health Interventions for Youth in Low and Middle-Income Countries

SPEAKERS

Dr Janagan Alagarajah, Technical Lead, YLabs, Rwanda and Tanzania

Dr. Janagan Alagarajah (MD), a UK-trained digital mental health specialist, is the technical lead at YLabs, focusing on improving health for youth aged 10-24. He will present his work on culturally appropriate digital mental health interventions (DMHIs) for young people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Drawing on his experience in East Africa, Dr. Alagarajah will discuss the need for equitable mental health care in LMICs. He will highlight projects like Rwanda’s ‘Teguro Ejo Heza’ and Tanzania’s ‘Tuyajenge,’ showing how digital technologies can improve mental health outcomes. He will also address challenges such as inadequate internet access and mental health stigma.

Dr. Alagarajah will present findings from his systematic review on DMHIs in LMICs, highlighting their effectiveness and the need for further research. He will offer policy recommendations to enhance the quality and scalability of DMHIs, aiming to reduce the global mental health treatment gap.

Context of Digital Mental Health in the Latin American and Caribbean Region

SPEAKERS

Dr. Maria Silvina Sosa, PhD Researcher and Co-Chair, Digital Mental Health Commission at RECAINSA

This presentation will explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s profound impact on mental health in the Americas, highlighting the strain on underfunded services. Dr. Silvina Sosa will showcase the World Health Organization’s Digital Health vision, emphasizing smart devices, AI, and big data’s transformative potential in healthcare.

Key themes will include the Pan American Health Organization’s digital health transformation goals and integrating mental health into primary care via digital innovations. Case studies from the pandemic will clearly illustrate how telehealth and mobile apps have filled gaps, supporting underserved communities.

Dr. Silvina Sosa will make a compelling case for national policies promoting digital mental health, supporting research, ensuring universal internet access, and upholding quality and ethical standards. She will also reveal insights into digital intervention regulations in Latin America and share revealing survey results on mental health professionals’ digital competencies.

Lessons in Youth Mental Health Care and Leveraging Technology for an Enhanced Model of Care

SPEAKERS

Professor Ian Hickie, Professor of Psychiatry, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Hickie will shine a spotlight on Australia’s headspace initiative and its profound impact on youth mental health care. He will explore the complexities of integrating clinical and psychosocial services, sharing both the challenges and successes uncovered through detailed data analysis.

He will highlight the personal and clinical hurdles young people face, stressing the critical need for personalized, evidence-based interventions, and explore cutting-edge digital technologies poised to revolutionize how mental health services are delivered.

In conclusion, he’ll advocate for a technology-driven, individualized approach to meet the evolving mental health needs of today’s youth, ensuring they receive the compassionate care and support they deserve.

Stage 2 – Trillium Room
Indigenous Perspectives & Workforce

MODERATOR: Charles (Charlie) Curie

Indigenous Perspectives Panel: Embracing Ancestral Wisdom in the Digital Age

SPEAKERS

Stay tuned for our expert panel speaker line-up, coming soon.

Immerse yourself in an enlightening session on Indigenous perspectives, where our speakers will demonstrate how digital mental health can draw insights from diverse Indigenous communities worldwide. Explore examples of digital solutions co-created to meet their specific needs, seamlessly blending ancestral wisdom with modern technology to promote holistic well-being.

Engage, Empower, Transform. Digital Transformation at Scale for Population Mental Health

SPEAKERS

Johnny O’Connell, Chief Customer Officer, Spectrum.life

More details to be revealed soon. 

How to Massively Scale Personalized Engagement 24/7

SPEAKERS

Bob Gold, Chief Clinical Behavioral Technologist and Founder, GoMo Health

How can your organization both massively scale direct “every day” engagement/touches to hundreds of thousands of individuals, families, and caregivers, while personalizing the plan of care and needed actions based on their individualized environment of need – social, mental, and physical state?

This session uses real-life use cases (with outcomes) currently deployed in the United States. The use of behavior and cognitive based machine learning digital engagement and care management (including underserved DEI populations) needs to better be understood and utilized for agencies, managed care, and providers to scale the people served and more deeply nurture and guide people and families for better outcomes. Especially true given the shortage of workers and growing needs.

This experiential session will visually illuminate and walk through how this is working to individualize early detection and intervention, escalations/alerts to appropriate healthcare and social services, and data learnings and insights as we have collected lifestyle data of people served longitudinally. And end with best practices to scale engagement, activation, and outcomes.

Virtual Stream

More information coming soon

14:30 PM — 15:00 PM EST

Afternoon Break

Refreshments will be served in the Trillium Room, which is located directly above Canada Hall and accessible via an escalator, stairs, or a lift. 

15:00 PM — 15:10 PM EST

Special Topic: Details Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for more information, coming soon. 

15:15 PM — 15:45 PM EST

Brag and Steal Panel Session: Crisis Textlines

Cascade Impacts: Mental Health Workforce & Community Resilience

Only a small fraction of the world’s population in need of mental health and crisis support has access to effective, affordable, high-quality care. For depression alone, service coverage gaps range from 77% of people in high-income countries lacking minimally adequate treatment to 97% in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Existing access is not equitably distributed, and the demand for mental health support is far outpacing the supply of professionals through traditional pathways, exacerbating the shortage in many countries.

Given the growing global mental health crisis, it’s imperative to identify dynamic digital mental health models to expand access to effective, high-quality support and build resilience in individuals and communities. New insights suggest that digital mental health and crisis response models incorporating trained volunteers hold promise to do just that, with emerging results indicating extra benefits for younger volunteers.

In this panel, collaborators from the network of text-based crisis response partners at Mental Health Innovations (providers of Shout, in the UK), Kids Help Phone (CA), ‘Text About It’ by spunout (IE), and Crisis Text Line (US) will share insights from their research efforts. They aim to illuminate the impacts of volunteers through their models, which share common training elements and utilize Crisis Text Line’s technology platform.

SPEAKERS

Margaret Meagher, Chief Impact Officer, Crisis Text Line, USA (Panel Chair)

Ian Power, CEO, Spunout, Ireland

Victoria Hornby (OBE), Founder and CEO, Mental Health Innovations (SHOUT), UK

Alisa Simon, Executive Vice President of E-mental Health Transformation and Chief Youth Officer, Kids Help Phone, Canada

15:50 PM — 16:20 PM EST

Keynote Speaker: Sue Baker OBE 

How Harnessing Digital Methods Has Transformed Approaches to Tackling Stigma

More details to be revealed soon. 

STRUCTURE

A 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

16:25 PM — 16:30 PM EST

Closing Remarks: Anil Thapliyal

Anil Thapliyal, Executive Director of eMHIC, will deliver his closing remarks, marking the conclusion of Day 1 of the Congress agenda.

16:30 PM — 17:30 PM EST

Global Connect – Networking Drinks and Nibbles

Global Connect Networking Session

All Congress attendees are warmly invited to join the official Global Connect networking session in the Trillium Room. Beverages and light snacks will be served. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to forge or deepen connections with peers and experts from around the globe.

18:45 PM — 22:15 PM EST

Congress Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner

Congress Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner

The much-anticipated Congress Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner will take place in Canada Hall, commencing at 6 p.m. Join us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations driving transformative change at scale in 12 countries worldwide. We’ll also announce the recipients of the prestigious ‘Global Award’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards. 

MORE INFORMATION

Find more details on the Awards page.

Please note: Tickets for the Awards Dinner are necessary for attendance and can be purchased separately or bundled with Congress tickets on the Register page.

Friday 20 September

8:00 AM — 8:30 AM EST

Welcome by First Nations People

Welcome by First Nations People

First Nations Peoples will welcome Congress delegates to day 2 of the Congress.

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM EST

Formal Opening

eMHIC Welcome & Formal Opening

eMHIC and the Mental Health Commission of Canada extend a warm welcome to delegates from around the world to day 2 of the Congress. 

SPEAKERS

Florence Khoriaty, Congress MC (5 mins)

Michel Rodrigue, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (5 mins) 

Anil Thapliyal, Executive Director, eMental Health International Collaborative (eMHIC) (5 mins)

Kana Enomoto, Director of Brain Health for the McKinsey Health Institute (5 mins) 

9:05 AM — 9:35 AM EST

Keynote Speaker: Nick Titov 

Developing and Supporting a World-Class Digital Mental Health Workforce – Key Strategies, Case Examples, and Recommendations

The digital delivery of mental health services has enormous potential for improving access, quality and safety in healthcare. Achieving these objectives requires the development and retention of a skilled and motivated workforce.

In this talk, Nick will describe key issues and will identify practical strategies for developing and supporting a digital mental health workforce. He will highlight case examples of best practice initiatives to bring these concepts to life. 

Drawing on his extensive career experience, Nick will issue a detailed call to action, urging national and international leaders to support the development of a skilled and competent multidisciplinary workforce by establishing training frameworks and models specific to digital mental health care. This practical, solutions-focused address is not to be missed!

SPEAKER

Nick Titov, Executive Director, Australian MindSpot Clinic

STRUCTURE

A 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

9:40 AM — 9:50 AM EST

Global Guidelines for Adolescent and Youth Mental Health

More information coming soon! 

SPEAKER

UNICEF Speaker to be announced shortly…

9:55 AM — 10:30 AM EST

“Brag and Steal” Panel Session: Strategy and Policy Across Borders – APEC Region

Capacity Building for Digital Mental Health in the Asia Pacific Region

While digital mental health (DMH) technologies show promise for mental well-being, their uptake has been sluggish. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a newfound appreciation for their potential, leading to a surge in investment and adoption worldwide, including in the Asia Pacific.

This panel promises to showcase cutting-edge innovations from the region aimed at improving access to DMH interventions. Following this, participants will be encouraged to engage in a lively discussion, exploring needs, gaps, and opportunities, with the aim of pinpointing key priorities for research, policy, and practice in DMH capacity building.

SPEAKERS

Professor Daniel Fung, CEO of the Institute of Mental Health (IMF), Singapore (Panel Chair)

Dr Jill Murphy, Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

Dr Romulo de Castro (Jong), Director,
Center for Informatics, University of San Agustin (Iloilo City), Philippines

STRUCTURE: 5 minute ‘lightening-speed’ presentations, followed by a 20 minute panel discussion.

10:35 AM — 10:45 AM EST

Spotlighting Success: Kooth

Soluna: California’s Investment in Digital Mental Health Support for all California Youth aged 13-25

Nearly half of California youth report mental health issues; 1 in 3 endorse serious psychological distress that interferes with academic and social functioning1. We need expanded prevention and early intervention services for young people. However, California has too few behavioral health providers who are unevenly distributed throughout the state, leaving those in rural and under-resourced communities especially underserved. This problem will not improve: projections indicate shortages worsening over time2. We require service alternatives that transcend traditional in-person care, create a diverse and sustainable workforce, and embrace population health approaches aiding youth before reaching clinical thresholds. 

California has invested in technology to address young people’s needs through universally accessible and timely access to care.  As part of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) partnered with Kooth to launch Soluna, a digital mental health platform providing free mental health support to all California youth aged 13-25. Soluna delivers support via three pathways: self-guided resources, a moderated peer support community, and 1-to-1 sessions with coaches. Soluna launched in January 2024. This presentation will demonstrate how DHCS and Kooth are partnering to successfully deploy an evidence-based, youth-driven, digital solution for essential mental health support services.

Citations:

  1. Wright, Blanche, et al. (2021). “Health Policy Brief.”
  2. Coffman & Siss, (2023), Building the Future Behavioral Health Workforce: Needs Assessment, Healthforce Center, UCSF

SPEAKERS

Dr. Laura Tully, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist and VP of Clinical Integrations & Partnerships at Kooth.

10:45 AM — 10:55 AM EST

Special Topic: Details Coming Soon!

More detail to be revealed soon. 

10:55 AM — 11:40 AM EST

Morning Break

Refreshments will be served in the Trillium Room, which is located directly above Canada Hall and accessible via an escalator, stairs, or a lift. 

11:40 AM — 12:40 PM EST

Main Stage – Canada Hall
Human and Natural Disaster Response

MODERATOR: Florence Khoriaty

Human Disaster Response Panel Discussion

SPEAKERS

 Monica Bharel, Google Health

More speakers to be revealed soon!

This session will delve into the profound influence of global corporations and NGOs, showcasing their capacity to catalyze significant positive change in the face of humanitarian crises, as seen in Ukraine and Gaza. An unmissable, compelling discussion awaits.

Fires, Floods and Hurricanes: Leveraging Digital Mental Health Support in Emergency Response: 

MODERATOR
Dr AnnMarie Churchill, President of Stepped Care Solutions, Canada

SPEAKERS

Sandy Little, MSW, RSW, Territorial Manager, Mental Health and Community Wellness Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada

Nelson Sanz-Cadena, Director (Interim) Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Service, Canadian Red Cross

This plenary session aims to foster dialogue, share insights, and inspire action towards harnessing the transformative power of digital mental health support in promoting population mental health and safeguarding psychological well-being amidst crises. It focuses on the pivotal role of digital mental health supports in emergency response, using Wellness Together Canada as a case study.

Discussions will address the unique psychological challenges during crises—stress, anxiety, trauma, and grief—and explore how digital tools fill gaps in traditional services. Real-world examples will illustrate lessons learned, emphasizing co-design, collaboration, and effective communication. The session concludes with a forward-looking discussion on the future of digital mental health support in emergencies.

Stage 2 – Trillium Room
Future Technology

MODERATOR: TBC

Exploring Virtual Reality in Digital Mental Health

SPEAKERS

Louise Birkedal Glenthøj, Associate Professor., Dept of Psychology UCPH; Head of VIRTU Research Group, Denmark

This session will present the potential of virtual reality (VR) as a transformative tool in digital mental health. It will be showcased how VR can be used in treating severe mental health symptoms such as auditory hallucinations in psychosis. The session will discuss the promising preliminary findings suggesting that integrating VR in mental health services can revolutionize the field, providing scalable, personalized, effective, and potentially cost-effective treatment options.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Enhancing Mental Health Services

MODERATOR

Andrew (Andy) Greenshaw, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta; Scientific Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

SPEAKERS

Paulus van der Kolk, Product Lead
ReachOut, Australia

Steve Siddals, Research lead, King’s College London

The demand for mental health services has surged across the globe. Addressing the accessibility of these services is now more urgent than ever. Traditional mental health services face numerous challenges, including capacity constraints, workforce burnout, stigma, low mental health literacy, and geographical barriers. Digital mental health solutions are pivotal in overcoming these obstacles.

This panel discussion will delve into the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) within mental health care. We will explore how AI technologies can enhance service access, alleviate workforce pressures, and offer early intervention. Our international experts will share insights and strategies, fostering a collaborative dialogue on leveraging AI for positive mental health outcomes. Join us to understand how AI can revolutionize mental health care and address the complex challenges faced by the current health ecosystem.

Virtual Stream

More information coming soon

12:40 AM — 13:40 AM EST

Lunch Break

Lunch will be served in the Trillium Room, which is located directly above Canada Hall and accessible via an escalator, stairs, or a lift. 

13:40 AM — 14:50 PM EST

Main Stage – Canada Hall
Coping with Adversity & Suicide Prevention

MODERATOR: Florence Khoriaty

Improving Access to Substance Use Health and Mental Health Care: How Can Digital Health Solutions Help Us?

SPEAKER

Dr Kim Corace, Vice-President of Innovation & Senior Scientist at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Stay tuned for more detail, coming soon. 

The Role of Digital Mental Health in the Context of Homelessness

SPEAKER

Professor Simon Hatcher, Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa, Canada

Stay tuned for more detail, coming soon. 

Leveraging Digital Solutions for Suicide Prevention

SPEAKERS

Dr Alan Woodword, Policy Director, Lifeline International

In his presentation, Alan Woodward will discuss the global recognition by the UN and WHO of universal healthcare, emphasizing the right to immediate, affordable digital crisis support services. He will outline the features of crisis lines as gateways to additional mental health and social services, highlighting their effectiveness, especially in reaching younger people via text and chat modalities.

The presentation will explore how these services contribute to global priorities in suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and stigma reduction.

Founded in 1966, Lifeline International supports 28 members across 24 countries through capacity building and advocacy, championing the decriminalization of suicide to ensure universal access to life-saving assistance.

Suicide Prevention from a Lived Experience Perspective

SPEAKER

Grace Curtis, Mental Health Advocate & Co-founder of the Cool Change Sisters

More detail to be revealed soon. 

What Is In Our Digital eMental Health Cart? Reimagining Capacity Building Approaches for Sustainable Wellbeing

SPEAKER

Dr Allan Donsky, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Canada

Mental health capacity building has focused on the external “digital cart,” specifically how content is delivered. This includes advancements in design, advocacy, training, and evaluation. Meanwhile, the internal content of the cart often replicates traditional face-to-face therapy by targeting symptom reduction through various interventions. However, widespread dissatisfaction with mental health outcomes suggests current approaches may not adequately address human flourishing and long-term wellbeing.

Dr. Donsky will propose integrating process-based contemplative practices into the digital cart to address deeper life experiences and promote flourishing. These practices, independent of specific therapeutic models or diagnoses, foster transformational shifts and inner literacy, promoting personal agency and lasting wellbeing.

Stage 2 – Trillium Room
Digital Building Capacity

MODERATOR: Laurianne Reinsborough

Panel Session: Canada’s Provincial Approach to Population Wellbeing Using Digital Mental Health Technologies

SPEAKERS

Patricia Lingley-Pottie, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Strongest Families Institute (SFI), Canada

Niki Legge, Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Stay tuned for more detail, coming soon. 

Digital Interventions for Stress Among Frontline Personnel

SPEAKERS

Venkat Bhat (MD MSc FRCPC DABPN), Staff Psychiatrist, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Imagine frontline personnel equipped with digital tools to combat stress and anxiety, ensuring resilience and mental strength in tough times.

Dr Bhat will present a project developing digital platforms to identify stressors, understand responses, and design interventions to reduce stress among frontline personnel during COVID-19. The digital suite—VR modules, a mobile app, and IoT-enabled wearables—was used to study stress responses. Over three months, 100 frontline providers in Toronto evaluated these tools. Personalized digital phenotypes (pdPP) of stress response were created using data-driven methods.

Funded by the IDeaS program, Venkat will present compelling results that highlight the potential of a cutting-edge digital support ecosystem to profoundly enhance resilience, mental well-being, and operational readiness among courageous frontline personnel.

Digital Mental Health: Serving Our Defense Forces and Veterans

SPEAKERS

Julie Drury, Director of Mental Health, Veterans Affairs Canada 

This session will explore innovative digital mental health tools and resources tailored to the unique challenges faced by defense forces and veterans. Our expert speakers will highlight the importance of leveraging digital solutions to foster well-being, resilience, and a sense of community among our courageous servicemen and women.

Virtual Stream

More information coming soon

14:50 PM — 15:35 PM EST

Afternoon Break

Refreshments will be served in the Trillium Room, which is located directly above Canada Hall and accessible via an escalator, stairs, or a lift. 

15:35 PM — 15:45 PM EST

Special Topic: Details Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for more information coming soon. 

15:45 PM — 16:15 PM EST

“Brag and Steal” Panel Discussion: Low to middle-income settings

Details to be revealed soon…

SPEAKERS

Dr Victor Ladele (Panel Chair)
Innovation Manager, UNICEF

Dr Vincent Agyapong, Professor of Psychiatry and Global Mental Health and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
Canada

Dr. M Tasdik Hasan
PhD Researcher (Digital Mental Health), Monash University, Melbourne
Australia

Dr Lucita Lazo, President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Philippines

STRUCTURE

5-minute (lightening-speed) presentations followed by a 10-minute panel discussion.

16:20 PM — 16:30 PM EST

Launch of the Canadian Digital Mental Health Strategy

Stay tuned for more information coming soon. 

16:35 PM — 16:45 PM EST

Special Topic: To be Revealed Soon!

Stay tuned for more information coming soon. 

16:50 PM — 17:00 PM EST

Closing Remarks: Anil Thapliyal

Anil Thapliyal, Executive Director of eMHIC, will deliver his closing remarks, marking the conclusion of the 2024 Congress. 

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