April 22, 2009
Mississauga – Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH), an advocacy organization for families of children with mental health difficulties, is excited to gather for its fifth annual conference at the Living Arts Centre on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
“This annual gathering enables parents to share knowledge and gain valuable tools for managing the challenges of raising children with mental health difficulties,” said Sylvia Naumovski, President of PCMH. “No price can be put on the value of networking and support gained from a day spent with peers who understand and who have shared experiences in what it is like day to day dealing with these unique challenges.”
The conference includes workshops on Peer Support Groups, Your Youth and the Youth Justice System, Bullying, Practical Tips from Parents to Parents, Public Advocacy and Political Readiness, Learning to Effectively Tell Your Story, Facilitation, When the Going Gets Tough, How to Successfully Interact With Your School, Discipline and the Exceptional Child, and HELP! I have Teens. Plenary presentations feature Glenn Thompson from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Gordon Floyd, Executive Director of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO).
This year PCMH has partnered with The New Mentality, a youth engagement project co-led by CMHO and the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, to provide a program for youth. The conference includes a workshop on the award-winning “Stomp Out Stigma” summits, which teach students about mental illness so that they can become ambassadors and build strong anti-stigma teams in their schools.
Peel Children’s Centre, the primary provider of mental health services for children, youth and their families in Peel Region, is the sponsor of this year’s PCMH conference. “Nearly 1 in 5 children experience a mental health challenge while growing up,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director of Peel Children’s Centre. “Mental health services are most effective when they are family-centred and parents have a voice in their children’s treatment. We are very pleased to have this opportunity to support families of children with mental health difficulties.”
“Many thanks to the countless volunteers who have made this conference happen and have supported the work of PCMH on an ongoing basis for the past 15 years,” said Naumovski. “You are proof that Together, we can make a difference.”
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Sylvia Naumovski, Parents for Children’s Mental Health 416-231-3733
Sarah Cannon, Parents for Children’s Mental Health 905-935-4266
Mora Thompson, Peel Children’s Centre 905-795-3507