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Living With Mental Illness Conference

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Travelodge by Wyndham - Saskatoon

106 Circle Drive West

Saskatoon, SK S7L 4L6

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The LWMI Conference is for those who have a friend or family member who is living with a mental illness.

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Our Philosophy

The Living with Mental Illness Conference LWMI is dedicated to providing information and support to those individuals who live with someone who has a mental illness. It provides an opportunity for those caregivers and family to gain knowledge and support in a caring environment.

The Conference

The LWMI conference is a nonprofit provincial conference that has been in existence for 24 years. Approximately 200 people attend the conference on an annual basis including consumers of mental health and their families and friends as well as professionals and students of health care.

The conference has a concurrent child and youth conference which provides information and support to children and teens that have parents or loved ones with a mental illness. It is a fun supportive environment for attendees to learn about their parent’s illness and also learn coping strategies to manage the stress that often occurs in their family.

The Conference Format

The conference follows a similar format from year to year; a family panel which allows attendants to hear other persons stories about what it is like to care for someone with a mental health issue, and learn some ideas and tips for coping and staying healthy. This is followed by a key note speaker and an expert in an area of mental health or self-care. The afternoon consists of breakout sessions that talk about various specific diagnoses and provide specific information and treatment options; attendants have the opportunity to choose the topics that they want to learn about.

Conference Agenda

8:30am – 9:00am Check-in

9:00am – 9:15am Welcome

9:15am – 10:30am Family Panel - Schizophrenia Society Partnership Program: Stories of Recovery for Mental Illness

10:30am - 10:45am Break

10:45am – 12:00pm Keynote Speaker: Jay Semko - Singer / Songwriter

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm—1:20pm Presentation: Family Program

1:20pm—1:30pm **Change rooms

1:30pm – 2:30pm Breakout Session 1

2:30pm—2:45pm **Change rooms

2:45pm – 3:45pm Breakout Session 2

3:45pm – 4:00pm Wrap up and Evaluations

Keynote Speaker

Jay Semko, Singer / Songwriter

Jay Semko is known internationally as singer/bassist with multiple JUNO Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members The Northern Pikes, and as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including the syndicated series, "Due South". He is considered one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters, with 10 solo albums released, and has co-written and recorded with many of the best songwriters and musicians in music. Jay has recently released a new solo album, entitled “Never Sent” - a collection of 10 new songs, and in June 2018 he and the other members of the Northern Pikes were presented with the SOCAN Classic Award for their single “She Ain’t Pretty” receiving over 100,000 plays on Canadian radio. Jay continues to tour across Canada with the Northern Pikes and as a solo acoustic artist, sharing his songs, stories and adventures from his life in music, as well as his personal journey. For more information about Jay go to www.jaysemko.com

Child Session - 1pm to 4pm for Ages 9-12 - NO FEE - Must register in Advance.

Children may have many questions and worries when someone in their family has a mental illness. They may ask, "Did I do something wrong?" Or, "Will I catch it?" This session will help children between the ages of 9 and 12 find answers to some of these questions. Children will learn about mental illness using workbooks, games, and talking. Part of the afternoon will be spent discussing feelings and developing a variety of coping skills. Snacks provided. Meet outside of the Galaxy Room at 12:45pm.

Adolescent Session - 1pm to 4pm for Ages 13-17 - NO FEE - Must register in Advance.

When someone has a mental illness, it can mean many different things. When family members, friends, or people you care about suffer from a mental illness there can be a lot of changes in their lives that can affect you. Family member or friends may seem different, but that does not mean they don't care about you. Some of what may be covered:

  • What about me?? Exactly! You have your own stuff to deal with. Taking care of yourself is important - we have some ideas - "please share yours".
  • When should I ask for support and where should I go to get it?
  • Learn more about different mental illnesses?
  • Meet others who are in similar situations.
  • Share what has worked for you and find out what has been helpful for others.

Snacks provided. Meet outside of the Galaxy Room at 12:45pm.

Breakout Sessions - choose 2

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Personality Disorders

If cost is a barrier, please contact Caroline Schuett at caroline.schuett@saskhealthauthority.ca as we have had a donation from the Royal University Hospital Foundation and Saskatchewan Psychiatric Association to cover subsidizing a limited number of attendees.

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Travelodge by Wyndham - Saskatoon

106 Circle Drive West

Saskatoon, SK S7L 4L6

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