2021 Conference


The goal of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses is to advocate for equity and build an inclusive community of mental health nursing nationally.

As a Federation, looking out, we have recognized the structural and equity issues which COVID-19 has exposed for our clients and communities, and looking in, the toll on nurses, internal equity issues and the exclusion of mental health nursing curriculum in parts of the country. 

During this conference, the CFMHN is opening space to listen and learn, to generate momentum and identify structural and educational strengths and barriers as they emerge from our dialogue, in order to create change.  At the same time, we will offer parallel supports for nurses to process the impact of the losses and disruptions of the pandemic through targeted wellness activities. 

For this reason, we have titled our conference Human Rights and Mental Health Nursing: Equity and Inclusion.

The conference themes are listed below. 

Supportive wellness activities such as mindful movement and facilitated debriefs will be available as special offerings. 


  • structural racism
  • cultural safety
  • stigma reduction initiatives
  • decriminalization of substances
  • harm reduction models
  • emergency mental health response models
  • trauma and violence informed care


  • national mental health nursing curriculum
  • intra professional collaboration
  • learning from national psychiatric nursing roles
  • structural inequities
  • PTSD/PSI moral and psychological distress/nurses’ wellbeing including physical and mental health

Now is the time to listen.  Now is the time to act.

There are opportunities to present research, policy, practice or educational work in the following subthemes:

  • Equity in mental health delivery – this could include anti-racism structural changes for staff or clients; intersectional anti-oppression models or approaches; access to mental health services; emergency mental health responses, harm reduction models of care; trauma informed care; cultural safety; decriminalization of substances or related substance policies and more…
  • Inclusion of nurses – this could include workplace strategies that prioritize nurse wellness; anti-racism in the profession or workplace; interventions for nurses to enhance wellness and/or support moral distress/grief from COVID or other workplace stressors; substance use in nursing; mental health education for undergraduate Registered Nurses, nurse psychotherapist advocacy, role of nurse prescribers, intra-professional collaboration; mental health roles and designations across Canada, the role and education of the Registered Psychiatric Nurse and more…
  • Skill based workshops or presentations on the topics of trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, advocacy and more…