Conversations About Mental Health – In Calgary

Did you know that nearly one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or substance use problem each year? Young people age 15 to 24 years are more likely to experience a mental health and/or substance use challenge than any other age group. Yet, many find mental health uncomfortable to discuss, leading them to delay, or avoid, seeking help. Open conversations about mental health and stories of recovery can work to remove the stigma, facilitate engagement with services, and improve the outcomes of individuals seeking help. Are there specific groups that have unique mental health needs? How are their needs being met in Calgary? What external factors are impacting the mental health needs in the city? How can society provide ongoing support so that the mental health issues experienced in the community don’t become crises?

Hear from UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Santa J. Ono, as well as UBC alumni and friends as they participate in an important conversation about mental health in Calgary.

Recorded November 8, 2018, in Calgary, AB.


Professor Santa J. Ono – President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia


Karen Gosbee – Mental Health Advocate and Community Leader
Laureen MacNeil – Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary Region (CMHA Calgary)
John Ogrodniczuk – Professor and Director, UBC Psychotherapy Program, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Founder, HeadsUpGuys
Edward Taylor – Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus; Co-Director of the UBC Interprofessional Mental Health Clinic