For immediate release

March 28, 2013

CHEO, Phoenix Centre, Student Leadership Support Team and RVH: Helping parents, teachers and providers cope with mental health issues facing our children and youth

Everyone is invited to attend a special public event being held Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Renfrew focusing on mental health issues facing children and youth.

The information sessions on Thursday, April 18 begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature psychologists from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The evening is a collaborative event between CHEO and Renfrew County partners, in honour of Psychologist Month.

“Our partnership with CHEO and the Phoenix Centre has ensured that services from these two organizations can be provided to children in our community and allows us to maintain links where we can get valuable support,” notes Chris Ferguson, Vice-President of Patient Care Services at Renfrew Victoria Hospital. “This community education night is a great example of leveraging the expertise we have access to, and providing information on this important topic to our community.”

The evening is geared to families, caregivers, service providers and teachers, and will discuss six topics with CHEO’s specialists in the field of mental health. Attendees can choose from one of the following hour-long sessions, from 6:45 to 7:45 pm:

  • Parenting your Tweens and Teens: Quick do something before they repeat the mistakes you made! with Dr. Phil Ritchie & Dr. Gillian Watson;
  • Let’s Talk Preventative Parenting: Mood & Anxiety 101, with Dr. Christine Beauregard;
  • Body Image and Self-Esteem—Practical Advice and Understanding, with Dr. Shari Mayman;
  • Parenting Your Young Child: Expectations and Reality! with Dr. Anne-Lise Holahan;
  • The Importance of Sleep: Why and What to Do! with Dr. Simone Kortstee;
  • Concussions and Neuropsycology: The Latest Information! with Dr. Peter Anderson.

Following the special presentations, participants will be invited to reconvene for a plenary ‘question-and-answer’ session with the panel of psychologists.

“Mental health issues can appear in children at any age, on various levels and for various reasons. Our goal is to reach out to parents and caregivers in the community to provide them with tools and information that can help them parent through these stages. We will address some of the most common issues facing kids and families today, so that parents can go home and feel comfortable and able to begin helping their children,” comments presenter Dr. Simone Kortstee.


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