The Canadian Mental Health Association began its advocacy work in 1917 based on evident community needs. Families and individuals brought their desire for better mental health outcomes into an association which today spans Canada.
In 2017, the Alberta chapter of CMHA put together its first province wide conference where different communities came together to convene around the issues of mental health practice in communities and workplaces.
Conference engagement materials in the form of "research cards" were designed for the mental health community to get to know each other, share research and understand the wider system they are a part of.
Research trees were set up at each of the conference tables which attendees were asked to populate with their completed research cards. Throughout the conference, research trees were moved from table to table, allowing attendees to see the responses of others. Anonymised research cards were also projected on the conference big screen throughout the weekend.