#LETSTALK Mental Health Workshop

“You are too anxious, get it together! Stop being so sensitive!”

We hear these negative conversations around mental health, at work, university campuses and at home. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Many don’t seek help because of stigma.

Join WiSER on September 26, 2019 as we provide a platform to openly discuss about mental health. We invite speakers and panelists to share how to reduce stigma and how we all can help to be more aware of mental health around ourselves.

This event is the first of WiSER’s professional development series in this academic year. Following the event, you are also invited to our Mindful Yoga. Please bring your yoga mats and dress accordingly. To attend the yoga session, you must register for “Workshop+Yoga” at tickets checkout. You will sign a waiver before the yoga session.

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided throughout. This event many be counted towards professional development hours for both graduate students and professionals. Individuals are responsible for confirming Professional Development Hours requirements with their respective associations. Please bring your PD form upon completion of the workshop.

This event is sponsored by: Kristen Oates, University of Alberta Campus & Community Recreation, Wellness on Whyte

Tickets: https://wisermentalhealth.eventbrite.ca

Event Agenda

5:30 PM: Keynote with Sophie Gray
5:50 PM: Panel discussion with Jamie Bay, Jacqueline P, Leighton, Rafaela Mancuso, and Jasmine Bajwa
6:30 PM: Closing remark. Mindful Yoga (Education Building North N2 103) to follow.

Keynote Speaker

Sophie Gray

Sophie Gray is the founder of DiveThru, a mental wellbeing app that features guided journaling exercises that help you drive through what you go through. Through her work, Sophie reaches an audience of 400,000 through her personal Instagram channel, the SophieThinksThought podcast, and her blog. She has been named Greatist’s 100 Most Influential People in Health & Wellness three years in a row. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, People, Women’s Health, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Yahoo, Shape, Self, and many more.


Jamie Bay

Jamie is a Certified Life Coach and founder of The Wellness Warrior. The Wellness Warrior offers wellness workshops, panel sessions and content that empowers women in Edmonton to show up as their courageous selves every day. Jamie also works at ATB as Chief of Staff for Customer Experience and is the Head of Wellness for YEG Boss Babes. As a business woman who lives with anxiety, Jamie’s vision is to continue putting courage first to share her personal story of mental health. She empowers women to understand they aren’t alone in their struggles and that they can become anything they focus their minds on.

Dr. Jacqueline P. Leighton

Jacqueline is a Registered Psychologist and Professor in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Alberta. She earned her PhD in 1999 at the U of A and completed her SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2001 at Yale University. Dr. Leighton has been investigating human development, learning and achievement for nearly 30 years. Including the powerful role that agency, emotions and perceived social circumstances play in human problem-solving, her work touches on self-regulation, productive failure, adaptability, and resiliency. She has published numerous articles in measurement and assessment journals, is past editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice and has written several books published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. Her most recent research focuses on the origins and tacit internalization processes of gender biases. 

Raffela Mancuso

Raffela is an undergraduate psychology student at the U of A and a fierce advocate for those living with mental illness. Her main avenue of advocacy is through social media, where she regularly promotes body positivity while also sharing her own personal journey with mental illness. She recently won the 2019 Momentum Young Leaders Award for her work in normalizing mental illness and promoting mental health resources. Raffela is currently working with the community social work team to improve mental health on campus, as she knows just how hard it is to attend university with a mental illness. When Raffela isn’t changing the Edmonton mental health scene, she is travelling around the world looking for new adventures.

Jasmine Bajwa

Jasmine Bajwa has over 10 years of front line mental health experiences working in a variety of settings and populations, including non for profit, outpatient forensic clinic, community services, and corrections. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University and has recently completed all her requirements for a PhD in Counselling Psychology from University of Alberta. After completing her pre-doctoral internship at Counselling and Clinical Services (CCS) in 2016, Jasmine was hired as a Registered Psychologist with CCS to continue providing individual, group, and couples therapy to University of Alberta students. Her current role as the Satellite Psychologist in the Faculty of Engineering provides a unique opportunity to share psychological perspectives related to campus mental health through various capacities. In addition to her clinical role treating UofA students, she also provides programming and support to Faculty, staff, and students through consultations, presentations, and training. Jasmine has a vested interest in making psychological knowledge accessible to all and frequently collaborates with campus and community partners, provides workshops and presentations on mental health issues such as stress management, setting boundaries, self-compassion, and identifying, helping, and referring students at risk.

Yoga Instructor

Kathleen Norman

Kathleen is a yoga and meditation instructor at Thrive Yoga. She focuses on mental health, physical wellness, and resiliency. She began practicing yoga twenty years ago to cross-train for competitive soccer, martial arts, and for triathlon training. After a car accident and unexpected divorce in 2015, Kathleen began a consistent daily yoga practice to focus on healing her mind, body, and spirit. By turning inward, embracing vulnerability, leaning into discomfort, finding stillness, incorporating daily Surya Namaskar, and having a strong community of committed yoga practitioners, she discovered a way to heal and thrive. Kathleen now teaches yoga and meditation classes at various locations in Edmonton through her company Thrive Yoga. Her private and group classes are designed to help yoga practitioners to find inner peace, confidence, to celebrate their abilities, and to thrive as their best selves. Kathleen is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Teacher through SATTVA School of Yoga. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and a Master of Environmental Design from University of Calgary in Life Cycle Assessments. She works full-time as Marketing and Sales Manager for SinoVeda, a botanical pharmaceutical company that bridges Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic knowledge with pharmaceutical precision.