Call for Speakers for MentalHealthCamp 2010

2010 April 29

This is a call for presenters at MentalHealthCamp in Vancouver on July 10th, 2010. MentalHealthCamp (the Twitter hashtag is #mhcyvr10) will take place at the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) building on the Point Grey Campus of The University of British Columbia.

We will have 15 sessions between 45 and 60 minutes’ length.

The topic is “Breaking Our Silence. Setting us Free.” We would like to examine how silence hurts mental health, and, even more importantly, how using our voice helps us achieve and maintain mental health.

We are looking for session leaders who speak from personal or professional experience with mental health or mental illness.

We will have 9 slots for prearranged speakers (e.g. approved by the selection committee), and will keep 6 slots open for “Mental Moose” – a continuation of the unconference tradition of MooseCamp at Northern Voice. During Mental Moose, participants who are interested in leading a session can pitch them on Saturday morning with a quick 30-second talk. Everyone will then vote on which sessions will be presented, and the winning sessions will be scheduled.

Also, we would like to experiment with having one or two virtual sessions. Do you live in New Zealand and would like to present? Are you unable to leave your children and your dogs alone in rural Quebec but have an important story to share? If you have the technical know-how, let’s talk about using technology to bring you right into our conference here in Vancouver.

Would you like to present? If so

  • please contact us and send us a short proposal, containing
  • your name(s) and email,
  • an overview over what you would like to discuss (100-200 words), including how your talk relates to the topic of “Breaking Our Silence. Setting Us Free.”
  • a bio (30-100 words)
  • indicate your social media presence (e.g. your blog, twitter address, etc.)
  • tell us a little (30-100 words) about your personal and/or professional experience with mental health and mental illness
  • indicate whether you’d like to present in real life or whether you propose a virtual session

This call for speakers is open during all of May 2010 – which, incidentally, is Mental Health Month.

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