May 2, 2014

Peel board presents Mental health: Harnessing the inner strengths of children and adults - a discussion on resiliency

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Peel District School Board social workers will host an information night for Peel parents and staff to increase awareness about student stress and provide advice on how to help them cope. The theme is Mental health: Harnessing the inner strengths of children and adults - a discussion on resiliency. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at the HJA Brown Education Centre in Mississauga.
“By learning strategies and using board resources aimed at promoting good mental health, parents and teachers can become wellness mentors,” says Jim Van Buskirk, chief social worker at the Peel board. “We want to highlight the emotional, social and interpersonal aspects of children’s lives that help them cope in the face of adversity. Our goal is to emphasize that good mental health begins with resiliency and wellness.”
From 6 to 6:30 p.m. participants will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of mental health service providers at the community resource fair. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a presentation by Tammy Whelen, educator at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) on how adults and children can harness their inner strength to build resiliency and overcome challenges..

The Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) 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 for more information. 

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


Media contact: Jim Van Buskirk, Chief Social Worker, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2316, [email protected]

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected]

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