When Brandon University hosts “Mental Health on the Prairies Conference and Community Gathering” in the spring, there will be opportunity for the community to re-connect with one of the most well-known graduates of the Brandon Wheat Kings hockey program on the most important of topics.
The University shared via press release this morning that Jordin Tootoo will start the event with a public keynote focusing on creating a culture of inclusivity to promote mental health.
Mental Health on the Prairies focuses on the general theme of Social Justice, Vulnerability, and Resilience. Over the three day conference the conference is said as having aim to “dig deeper and open the conversation surrounding the factors that impact an individual’s mental health and the community’s collective mental health.”
As the first player of Inuk descent to play in the National Hockey League, Tootoo spent 13 seasons between the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks. He returned to Brandon last October to announce a retirement from hockey. In 2011 he established the Team Tootoo Fund, which aims to help a wide range of charitable causes addressing suicide awareness and prevention, as well as those supporting youth at risk.
Other guest speakers confirmed to-date for the conference include Dr. Michael Ungar, Dr. Caroline Tait and Devon Napope.
More on the conference, which will take place from April 29 - May 1, 2020, can be learned at https://www.brandonu.ca/mhp/