COVID-19 Webinar

Mental Health Impacts, Inequities and Investments for BC's Recovery

Wednesday August 12th from 1pm - 2pm PST

Many months have passed since COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency. We have all had to adjust to a “new normal” where we socially distance and adhere to strict guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus. These efforts have kept many of us physically safe, but have had a tremendous impact on our mental health and wellness. Women, parents with children, and those already experiencing health and social harms —Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ folks, and people with low incomes—are among the most impacted.

In this webinar, CMHA BC will convene a panel of community leaders and researchers to discuss the latest statistics on how people are coping, how the pandemic has revealed and deepened existing inequities, and how the Province can invest for better mental health. 





Dr. Nel Wieman, 

First Nations Health Authority 


Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman works for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness and as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Nel is Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation from Manitoba and Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist.  She completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Since then her career has included providing psychiatric services at a community mental health clinic and contributing to the development of a national framework addressing First Nations youth suicide.  She has filled multiple roles such as Co-Director of the Indigenous Health Research Development Program,  Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Faculty Advisor to the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office at McMaster University, co-investigator for several initiatives funded through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, board member of Indspire Foundation, and President of the Indigenous Physicians Association in Canada.

Nel has received the Indspire Achievement Award Laureate for career achievement in the category of medicine, was an inaugural receipt of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Alumni Achievement Award, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Nel’s clinical, academic and advocacy work has always been focused on improving the health and mental health status of Indigenous peoples, especially Indigenous youth, across Canada.

Dr. Emily Jenkins, 

University of British Columbia


Dr. Emily Jenkins, a registered nurse, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She brings extensive clinical and research expertise from acute and community mental health and substance use settings. Her clinical training and experience informs her program of research, which aims to enhance mental health outcomes and reduce substance use harms for Canadians through mental health promotion and harm reduction strategies, and health services and policy redesign.

She is recognized as a leader in the field of youth mental health and substance use and was an invited expert witness, providing testimony to the Senate of Canada during the study of Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act). She is regularly a featured expert in media interviews on mental health and substance use topics and is currently co-leading a national monitoring survey on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

Julia Kaisla

CMHA North West Vancouver


Julia has led the CMHA North West Vancouver branch in the role of Executive Director for the last three years. Despite the long hours, she considers her role a privilege, working across communities that care so deeply about the mental wellbeing of the people that live there. The CMHA NWV branch provides low cost counselling, peer support and navigation, mental health housing, homeless outreach services, employment support and training. While the organization's focus will continue to include the North Shore, Julia is committed to reaching across the Sunshine Coast and Central Coast region to provide needed services.

Before her work at the branch level, Julia worked at the Provincial office of CMHA, and prior to that she honed her skills in communications and community relations working for Pacific Blue Cross. Julia has an MA in Conflict Analysis and a BA in Political Science. 

When she's not working, Julia is watching her two boys play baseball or getting walked by her 100lb Bernese Mountain dog.

COVID-19 Webinar
COVID-19 Webinar
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