May 3, 2013

Peel board presents Stressed Kids: The good, the bad and how to avoid the ugly

Children’s Mental Health Week event includes community resource fair and Change the View video award presentation

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Peel District School Board social workers are hosting Stressed Kids: The good, the bad and how to avoid the ugly, an information night for Peel parents and staff to increase awareness about student stress and provide advice on how to help them cope. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at the HJA Brown Education Centre in Mississauga.
 
“Every year, the board participates in Children’s Mental Health Week to promote the positive emotional and psychological development of children and to raise awareness of children who need help with mental health concerns,” says Maureen Mackay, coordinator of student well being at the Peel board. “This year’s event will provide strategies to promote student wellness including how to look out for signs and positive ways to respond.”

From 6 to 7 p.m. participants will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of mental health service providers at the community resource fair. At 7 p.m., the Honourable Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services will be making a special presentation to the winner of the Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s (CMHO) Change the View anti-stigma video contest. The Stressed Kids presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers include Ewan Walker, social worker at the board and Patty Campbell, group services co-ordinator at Associated Youth Services of Peel.

CHMO represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario and has designated May 5 to 11 as Children’s Mental Health Week. As part of this initiative, Peel board teachers and staff will receive communications material and tip sheets to help them identify and respond to mental health concerns and promote resiliency and wellness in students. The Peel board has posted a video and resources to help parents, staff and students stand up for student mental health. Visit www.peelschools.org/standup.

The HJA Brown Education Centre is located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga.

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Media contacts:  Maureen Mackay, Co-ordinator of Student Well Being, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010, ext. 3359 or [email protected]
 Jim Van Buskirk, Chief Social Worker, Peel District School Board 905-890-1010, ext. 2316 or [email protected]
 
Reference:  Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, or [email protected]

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