Mental Health on the Prairies Conference brings renowned speakers to BU

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BRANDON, Man. — Although the end of Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada is near, the conversation will continue with the Mental Health on the Prairies (MHP) conference next week at Brandon University (BU).

Hosted by the BU Faculty of Health Studies as well as Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, the conference will take place from Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 14 with nearly 35 presentations from top-notch speakers.

Victoria Maxwell, a keynote speaker at the upcoming BU conference, has more than 20 years of experience as an actress and playwright, integrating her profession and her recovery journey.  She has created a one-woman show, called Crazy for Life, which chronicles her experience in living with a psychiatric disorder. While in Brandon, she will also perform her new play, That’s Just Crazy Talk, for members of the BU community.  Maxwell has won numerous awards as a mental illness advocate and has showcased her work across Canada, England and New Zealand.

Cheryl Craig smiles for a photo in front of a grey backdrop
Dr. Cheryl Craig, a BU alumna, will speak at the Mental Health on the Prairies conference.

The conference will also feature the return of a distinguished alumna, Dr. Cheryl Craig. Dr. Craig, who will receive the Brandon University Alumni Association Wall of Fame Award at BU’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 15, will also be a keynote speaker at the MHP conference.  Dr. Craig earned Arts and Education Degrees at BU, and has since completed a PhD.  A highly acclaimed speaker who has written nine books, she will present “Stories to Live By” at the conference, offering insights on the concept of “best-loved self” and how people can influence their own health through their choices.

The conference will feature more than 50 presenters covering a wide array of mental health topics. It will also include two panels: “Recovery Transformation” and “Consumer & Family”.  Both will emphasize the importance of hope and support as key elements of recovery to those impacted by mental illness.

More than 100 participants have registered so far. For more information or to register, see

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