A Journey to Mental Wellness

A day of understanding the challenges to mental wellness in our families, friends, and peers.

january 28


World Trade Center, Saskatoon

Prairieland Park - Hall A

503 Ruth Street West


Pricing December 15 to January 27

$250 /person

$1,350 /table (6 people)

Conference or Gala Only: $149 /person

Conference or Gala Only Table: $750 (6 people)


12:00 p.m.  Conference Registration
12:30 p.m.  Opening Remarks 
12:45 p.m.  Jordan Axani
1:30 p.m.  Nutrition Break - Sponsored by Worksafe Saskatchewan
2:00 p.m.  Exercise & Wellness Break with Fitness 2J2 - Sponsored by Federated Co-op Limited
2:15 p.m.  Dr. Robyn Hanley Dafoe - Sponsored by Concorde Group
3:00 p.m.  Gala Registration/Networking Hour - Sponsored by Saskatchewan Blue Cross
4:15 p.m.   Gala Opening Remarks
5:00 p.m.  Jim Demeray from Understand Us
5:30 p.m.   Catered Dinner - Sponsored by SREDA
6:30 p.m.  Keynote Presentation: Clint & Joanie Malarchuk - Sponsored by Nutrien
7:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Business Formal Attire

Honorary Patron & Special Guest: 

His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty

Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

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Let's break barriers

In today’s world, it is a fact that someone we know will go through a mental illness.  The next conversation is now how to best support ourselves and each other when experiencing mental health problems, as well as supporting those who support others. 


How can we increase belonging and show that no one is ever alone when experiencing these issues?  How can we normalize mental health challenges and build trust to end the ever-lingering stigma surrounding these issues? Just how powerful is the act of vulnerability, and how can we build trust with those around us?


On January 28, Breaking Barriers 2020 is going to show us just that.

BREAKING BARRIERS: A Journey to Mental Wellness 

As we continue our Journey to Mental Wellness, the second annual Breaking Barriers  focusses on putting an action to ‘ending the stigma’ of mental health in today’s society, as well as recognizing the strains on the individuals who are the support system for someone with a mental illness.


In the follow up to an epic Breaking Barriers 2019, we will continue to bridge the gap and facilitate attendees in coming together to gain a deep understanding of the pain and fears that our peers are experiencing, and to provide normalization and acceptance of our own struggles. 

Breaking Barriers is a fundraising event, with the proceeds from the event being donated to UnderstandUs, a mental health initiative that challenges people to feel, think, and act differently about mental health. UnderstandUs promotes awareness, provides, education, and builds relationships in our communities.


On January 28, 2020 - join Bridges Health along with renowned speakers from across North America, including Clint and Joanie Malarchuk, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, and Jordan Axani to be a part of this important conversation.  

Set in the unique format of an educational afternoon conference and evening gala, it is a do not miss event!

Speaking Lineup

Dr. Robyne 


Robyne’s talk introduces the concept of resiliency that incorporates 5 key areas. Sharing from her personal experiences, Robyne reviews what we have in common that contributes to resiliency, and what we can do in our own lives to foster resiliency within ourselves and others.  Using narrative pedagogy, Robyne’s talk shares candid encounters with resiliency that are research informed and readily available to all of us.

Jordan Axani


'What's Your Big Lie?' is a breakthrough mental health program created by Jordan Axani based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie - and that it's okay. We define a 'big lie' as "something immense that we should hide from the world, even though it defines us." Often it's the source of the anxiety, worthlessness, hopelessness and pain that we carry around every day.

So, what if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it might change our lives.


Clint & Joanie Malarchuk


You will be taken deep into the troubled mind of Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres, as well as his partner Joanie’s, to learn about the importance of supporting within your means, and the importance of self-care as a supporter of a loved one with a mental illness.  When his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease, Malarchuk nearly died on the ice.


Forever changed, he struggled deeply with depression and alcoholism, which nearly cost him his life and left a bullet in his head, with Joanie standing close by throughout the entire experience.

Event proceeds will be donated to 'UnderstandUs'

UnderstandUs is a mental health initiative based out of Regina Saskatchewan.  They strive to improve the health and understanding of individuals with mental health barriers, in turn removing the stigma attached to it. UnderstandUs produces awareness campaigns and educates youth through classroom discussions and website resources.  They are a young organization that has the ability to connect to youth and make learning about mental health relatable and fun. 










Every dollar assists us in breaking barriers to mental wellness in Saskatchewan. The funds will be used to provide tools and supports to those struggling with mental illness, and to promote awareness campaigns to reduce stigma.

Donations can be made via Paypal by clicking the button below, or via cheque made out to Bridges Health, with the memo 'Breaking Barriers 2020'.

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