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, dedicated to fostering an open dialogue on mental health topics. These free online sessions provide the community with valuable knowledge, resources, and support in a warm, welcoming environment.

Join us for a unique learning experience for anyone interested in mental health and addictions topics. 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

Lunch and Learn Understanding Anxiety

April 19, 2023 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Understanding Anxiety

This session will distinguish between everyday worries and anxiety that is no longer helpful or productive and will help participants to identify some common signs of anxiety. We will review how the body reacts to stress triggers, ways we can start to notice the body’s stress responses, and strategies for regulation. We will look at how avoidance of stressors can increase our stress response over time and will discuss ways we can approach stressful situations in manageable steps. Effective coping skills will be explored.

Past Lunch & Learn Sessions

Lunch.& Learn Jan 19.

January 19, 2023 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

More Than Just a Bad Day – Understanding Depression

We enjoyed the thought-provoking and insightful presentation facilitated by Aneesa Gill and Cathy Mercier, Health Promotion Facilitators with Alberta Health Services Mental Health Education Services.

For those of you who were unable to participate live, we have good news! We’ve prepared a recording of the webinar so you won’t miss out on the valuable information shared during the session. We invite you to enjoy at your convenience.

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.