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Children & Mental Health
Children & Mental Health
Description: A Lunch & Learn organized in partnership with The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, focusing on children and mental health.
When: February 22, 2017 12:45pm - February 22, 2017 2:00pm
Where: 411 1st street SE, Calgary
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Healthy Minds Canada is hosting a FREE panel discussion in partnership with the University of Calgary’s Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education about children and mental health. We will hear from experts in the field as well as those with lived experience and have an honest discussion about some of the difficulties, successes, and strategies for faced by parents, teachers, and all those who care about the mental well-being of our children.
February 22th, 2017
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
TELUS House, Calgary
411 1st street SE, Calgary (2nd floor, room # 002-016)
Dr. Chris Wilkes
Dr. Wilkes is the Program Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program for Alberta Health Services (Calgary Zone) & Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UofC, & Division Head of Academic Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry. Dr. Wilkes is also the Director of the Young Adult Outpatient Service at the Foothills
Dr. Paul Arnold – Dr. Paul Arnold is the new director of The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education at UofC and is with UofC’s Department of Psychiatry and Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) in the Cumming School of Medicine. Dr. Arnold is also a child psychiatrist and researcher who specializes in childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Arnold is also a past recipient of an HMC Research Award.
Daisy Haynes – lived experience presenter with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HEADSTRONG youth program
Fiona Haynes – counselor and suicide interventionist, Western Canadian Coordinator for the MHCC’s HEADSTRONG youth program
Sheldon Kennedy – Lead Director at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, Advocate against child abuse, NHL player, Memorial Cup & World Junior Gold Medal winner
Shannon Towson – Edgewood Health Network, B.A., Senior Addictions Clinician
Admission is free, but you must be registered to attend.
Why Does This Issue Matter?
Family awareness and early identification are often the first steps to effective treatment for children and youth with mental health disorders. It’s easy to recognize when a child has a fever. But a child’s mental health is different. It can be difficult to distinguish between ‘normal’ problems that all children and adolescents experience from time to time, and behaviour that may be indicative of a mental health disorder.
Early awareness and intervention, coupled with creating a strong foundation for healthy emotional and social development, are all vital to ensuring the mental wellbeing of children as they grow and develop.
- 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness, but less than 20% will receive appropriate treatment.
- 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
- 17% of children ages 2-5 years meet diagnostic criteria for mental health problems.
- 28% of students report not knowing where to turn when they wanted to talk to someone about mental health.
- Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.
- The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million
These stats demonstrate how important it is to be able to increase the awareness of these mental health issues and decrease the stigma attached to them. Please come join us in our discussion on the topic of mental health and children. We will hear from experts in the field as well as those with lived experience and questions are welcome.