Bell Let's Talk: Student Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm


COVID-19 is a source of stress and anxiety for everyone. Whether you’re a student adapting to online learning, an educator adjusting to a virtual classroom, or a working parent trying to teach your kids at home, the pandemic has affected us all. 

Join our online discussion to gain insights into how to take care of mental health during the pandemic. Register now as Dr. Jane Philpott, the dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, leads our panel. You’ll be able to 

  • Participate in a Q&A with a panel of health-care professionals and mental-health researchers 
  • Discover tips and best practices for taking care of mental health 
  • Learn how to spot signs of mental illness  

This event is free and open to everyone in the Queen’s community.

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The Panel

Dr. Jane Philpott – moderator 

Dr. Jane Philpott is the dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University. She is an accomplished family physician, educator, and global health champion, and is best known for having held several senior cabinet positions with the Canadian government. From 2015 to 2019 she served as the Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board, and Minister of Digital Government. Prior to her work in politics, Dr. Philpott practised as a family doctor for 30 years and spent the first decade of her career in Niger, West Africa. She served as chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and as an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was recently appointed as the Ministers' Special Advisor for the Ontario Health Data Platform.  

Dr. Heather Stuart - panelist 

Dr. Heather Stuart, MA (Sociology, Western University), PhD (Epidemiology, University of Calgary) is a Full Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychiatry, and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and holds the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University. Dr. Stuart is also the Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-stigma initiative and the past Chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s Stigma and Mental Health Scientific Section. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Canada. Dr. Stuart’s research focuses on mental-health services evaluation with a specific focus on the destigmatization of mental illnesses. She has contributed to the peer-reviewed scientific literature in the areas of menta-health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; stigma and stigma reduction; and workplace mental health.   

Dr. Anne Duffy - panelist

Dr. Anne Duffy is an academic psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Student Mental Health at Queen’s University. She has a longstanding clinical and research focus on understanding the development and early course of mental illness in young people at variable risk – both high-risk children of mentally ill parents and the diverse population of university students who are in the peak period of risk for onset of mental health concerns and disorders. This research is translatable informing adaptations and new stepped initiatives to proactively support the well-being and mental health of young people. Dr. Duffy is working with colleagues and students at Queen’s and Oxford universities to develop an international collaborative network of university student mental health research called U-Flourish. Dr. Duffy is also a clinical psychiatric consultant working at Queen’s Student Wellness.    

Dr. Brooke Linden - panelist

Dr. Brooke Linden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Institute at Queen’s University, specializing in stress and psychiatric epidemiology. She is the creator of the Post-Secondary Student Stressors Index (PSSI), an instrument designed to assist institutions with improving their understanding of student stress and targeting of upstream mental-health services on campus.

Contact Brooke for questions about her research.


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Event Contacts

Kelly Cox
Administrative Assistant, Events & Communications