Hosted by: Dr. Renata M. Villela, OPA President

Audience: all are welcome
Attendance Fee: OPA members - free, non-members - $25 + tax


  • Introduction - Opening Remarks, Land Acknowledgment
  • Indigenous Mental Health Presentation
  • Keynote Address
  • Resilience Exploration
  • Cross-Border Collaborations for Suicide Prevention
  • Concluding Remarks


Keynote Address

  • Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa will highlight her advocacy journey in helping to address some of the unique mental health needs of racialized populations.  

Additional Special Guests

  • Dr. Renée Vachon will discuss Indigenous mental health issues.
  • Dr. Yusra Ahmad will explore resilience/grounding in the return to rootedness during times of turmoil.
  • Eric Windeler from and Alex Aide from the Born This Way Foundation will discuss their joint, cross-border work on suicide prevention through the Be There program.

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