Panel showcases unique work underway that examines mindfulness, wellness
What: Mental Health and Resiliency Panel
Who: UBC Okanagan Wellbeing, faculty members
When: Wednesday, November 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Where: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna
Every fall UBC’s Okanagan campus hosts Thrive, a weeklong series of events for the university community focused on building positive mental health for everyone.
This year Thrive moves off campus to Kelowna’s downtown Rotary Centre for the Arts, where UBC Well-being hosts a panel event with faculty members who are working on several different aspects of mental health and well-being. The public is encouraged to learn about current research being conducted by UBC Okanagan faculty and be a part of the conversation on mental health at this free community event.
The panel showcases current mental-health and resiliency research:
- Hilla Shlomi, the director of UBC's Social Work Clinic, and Harry Miller, clinical associate professor of psychology, will talk about UBC Okanagan’s Interdisciplinary Clinic
- Karen Ragoonaden, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, Jeanette Vinek, senior instructor of nursing, and Sheila Epp, associate director of nursing, will discuss the Mindfulness smartUBC Curriculum
- Susan Holtzman, associate professor of psychology, will talk about her research and the issue: Can texting compete with “old-fashioned” in-person support?
- Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology, will highlight his work with cannabis and mental health
- John Tyler Binfet, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, will discuss his BARK (Building Academic Resiliency through K9s) therapy program.
While the event is free, registration is required. People can register at: Eventbrite.ca/e/mental-health-panel
About UBC's Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world. For more visit ok.ubc.ca.