On Jan.23, six school boards and 38 community agencies in Peel and Halton will partner to offer training about mental health. The full-day training, organized by the Community Connections Partnership (CCP) will be provided to over 100 frontline settlement workers serving youth and families in the region.
The training, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, will include:
- presentations from keynote speakers about mental health issues that affect youth, mental health in a cultural context, and culturally sensitive practices
- breakout sessions facilitated by school board representatives
- exploration of case scenarios
"This training will assist settlement workers in identifying mental health needs and serving vulnerable students and families," says Louise Clayton, CCP co-chair. "They will also gain insight on available services and where to refer their clients. Settlement workers are important partners in helping to break stigmas related to mental health in the school and community."
Representatives from community agencies will also be present to showcase their programs and services ensuring settlement workers are aware of the supports available for newcomer families with mental health issues.
The six schools boards in Peel and Halton regions are:
- Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud
- Conseil scolaire Viamonde
- Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
- Halton Catholic District School Board
- Halton District School Board
- Peel District School Board
The mental health training session is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) through agencies in Peel and Halton. Keynote speaker presentations will run at 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. followed by breakout sessions. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is located at 40 Matheson Boulevard in Mississauga.
Louise Clayton, We Welcome the World Centre Coordinator, 905-890-1010 ext. 2437, [email protected]
Audrey Crasto, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2462, [email protected]