Lunch & Learn

Free Virtual Sessions

Are you a professional working in the mental health and addictions field? Do you know someone who is struggling with their mental health or addiction issues?

Our Lunch & Learn Series is dedicated to fostering an open dialogue on mental health and addictions topics. These free online sessions provide the community with valuable knowledge, resources, and support in a warm, welcoming environment. The Lunch & Learn Series provides evidence-based resources that can help people stay up-to-date on best practices, connect with other like minded individuals, and engage in stimulating discussions.

NEW! We are thrilled to announce EllisDon’s Platinum sponsorship of the Mental Health Foundation’s 2024 Lunch and Learn Series, underscoring their unwavering commitment to supporting mental health causes.


Upcoming Sessions

Check back for new sessions coming soon!

Our Lunch and Learn Sessions are presented by Aneesa Gill and Cathy Mercier, Health Promotion Facilitators with Alberta Health Services AMH ​Education Services in the Edmonton Zone.

Aneesa is a Registered Social Worker, supporting adults and the elderly who face mental health and addiction challenges in their lives. She is also a Sessional Instructor at MacEwan University in the Social Work program. Cathy brings experience in providing community support and psycho-educational materials to children, youth, adults, and families in the areas of mental health and addictions.

Past Lunch & Learn Sessions

If you missed the live session, you can view the presentation recording to access the valuable information shared.

April 19, 2023 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Understanding Anxiety

Navigating the fine line between everyday worries and detrimental anxiety can be challenging.

In this session, our facilitators discussed:

  • How to identify signs of anxiety and recognize our body’s reaction to stress
  • How avoiding stressors can intensify stress responses over time
  • Strategies for recognizing and regulating stress responses
  • Approaches to confront stressful situations in manageable steps
  • Coping skills for managing anxiety

January 19, 2023 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

More Than Just a Bad Day – Understanding Depression

Depression is difficult to go through, and it can be challenging to help anyone experiencing it.

In this session, our facilitators discussed:

  • What mental health is
  • The difference between sadness and depression
  • Common signs and symptoms of depression
  • Treatment options and supportive strategies for coping

October 16, 2023 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Resilience Through Connecting, Caring, and Coping

With the regular demands of day-to-day life and work, it is essential to support our own health and mental wellness. Taking the time to care for ourselves can often seem challenging, ineffective, or impossible. In this session, we discussed mental health, the effects of stress and burnout,  what self-care is (and isn’t), and the importance of effective team care. Facilitators presented personal strategies for strengthening resilience in our busy lives through supportive networks, self-compassion, and accessible coping techniques.

Lunch and Learn Naloxone Training

April 20, 2023 • 1:00 – 1:30 pm.

Naloxone Kit Training

Naloxone (pronounced na-LOX-own) is a fast-acting drug that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Patrick Black from Street Works presented information about the opioid crisis, the value of Naloxone kits, and how to use them to save lives.

Naloxone kits are available for free at your local pharmacy.