Rural Mental Health Conference


Unique Challenges, Unique Solutions

Brooks, AB
Heritage Inn and Convention Centre
April 29 - May 1 2020


Conference planning is underway for RMH 2020! After the success of the first year, we're expecting a bigger crowd and have moved to a bigger facility. We hope to see you April 29-May 1 2020 at the Heritage Inn and Convention Centre in Brooks

The RMH Conference aims to:

  • Celebrate programs being implemented in rural areas.

  • Share ideas/practices and build capacity of rural health care providers.

  • Bring delegates from across the province to Brooks to showcase our programs/facilities.

  • Raise the profile and awareness of rural mental health and form relationships with other communities to advance the practice.

The Rural Mental Health Conference was first held in 2018.  Conference organizers believe that rural communities and mental health care workers face unique challenges and must employ unique solutions to help their communities succeed.


The Conference

Unique Challenges, Unique Solutions
Giving small communities the resources they require 

The RMH Conference will start at 12:00pm on April 29th and last until 2:00pm on May 1st.  The program includes a mixture of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.


Below is a very tentative schedule of events for RMH 2020. Details and speakers are expected to change somewhat - speakers, timelines, events and other details should be finalized by January 2020.

Registration Opens Feb 1 2020

Early Bird $225          Regular $275

Day 1 - Wednesday April 29

12:00 - Registration

12:45 - Opening Remarks

1:00 - Keynote - Séan McCann

2:30 - Coffee Break

2:45 - Breakout Sessions A

Option A1 - "Picture a Farmer"

Option A2 - High River Emotional Safe Spot program Option A3 - Animal Therapy


4:15 - Wrap Up

7:00 - Community Performance by Séan McCann

Day 2 - Thursday April 30

8:00 - Continental Breakfast

8:30 - Opening Remarks

8:45 - Keynote - Chancellor Charles Weaselhead

10:15 - Coffee Break

10:30 - Breakout Sessions B

Option B1 - Answers to your Questions about ADHD

Option B2 - Curious About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Option B3 - Grief, Loss and Depression

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Kitchen Table Conversation - Agriculture Panel

2:30 - Coffee Break

2:45 - Breakout Sessions C

Option C1 - Helping Indigenous Youth Reach for the Stars

Option C2 - Help for First Responders

Option C3 - Growing Up Queer

4:15 - Wrap Up

Day 3 - Friday May 1

8:00 - Continental Breakfast

8:30 - Opening Remarks

8:45 - Keynote - Jacquie Eales

10:15 - Coffee Break

10:30 - Breakout Sessions D

Option D1 - Dementia Friendly/Inclusive Communities

Option D2 - Battling Loneliness

Option D3 - Caregiver Support

12:00 - Lunch

12:30 - Wrap Up



The RMH Conference has a full agenda which builds capacity and provides implementable programs and solutions.  Some of our high profile speakers and their subject matter is profiled below:
Séan McCann
Formerly of Great Big Sea

Sing. Share. Survive.

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Music has been my medicine in recovery, helping me communicate and find clarity even in the most difficult moments. 

Chancellor Charles Weaselhead

Education is the new Buffalo


Taatsiikiipoyii, former Blood Tribe Chief and Treaty 7 Grand Chief Charles (Charlie) Weaselhead Jr. was born on the Blood Indian Reserve in 1949.  Since the early 1980's, Charles Weaselhead has worked hard to advance many health and educational initiatives to improve the health care outcomes for the People. 

Brad Osadczuk &
Jeff Lewandoski

Rebuilding after the Worst Happens;

A Kitchen Table Conversation

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In September 2016 one cow, exported to the US from the Brad Osadczuk ranch, 50 km NE of Brooks, tested positive for bovine TB. In the months that followed, ranchers were fearful that their livelihoods would be lost forever

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Jacquie Eales

Family Caregiving: From private troubles to public action

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Jacquie Eales is fascinated by late life families and has bridged research, policy and practice to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and family caregivers.


Coming from out of town?

We can't wait to show you our amazing community!  This will help you know where you're going and help you find a room at one of our amazing hotel partners (click the hyperlinks).

1. Canalta Hotel

2. Ramada Inn

3. Days Inn by Wyndham

4. Heritage Inn & Suites

5. Heritage Inn & Convention Centre

C - Conference Location

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