September 20, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 amAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
About the Session:
Participants will have the opportunity to focus on youth mental health reality, change, action, and hope using evidence-based and international best practices, informed by the voices of youth with lived experience of mental ill health. The workshop will feature a national documentary film on youth mental health issues, “Youth Voices, Youth Hope” to highlight the challenges of mental ill health in the education system and the role of societal systems in creating the change that is required for suicide prevention and hope.
The film involved 150 youth from 3 provinces, as well as many prominent Canadian mental health advocates including Clara Hughes, Mary Walsh, Amelia Curran and Seamus O’Regan. Music was contributed by the Amabile Children’s Choir in London, Ontario, the internationally known composer and conductor, Jim Papoulis from New York City and Shay Esposito, a young artist from Edmonton, Alberta. Participants will get a solid overview of the changes that are required to impact Canada’s national youth mental health crisis.
Sheryl Boswell is the Director of Youth Mental Health Canada, a grassroots, youth-led and driven, non-profit organization focused on education, advocacy, filmmaking, and research. She is an expert on infant, child and youth mental health issues and has been instrumental in making national change that impacts educational supports, services, and accommodations for students with mental health challenges and disabilities in the education system. She has created a number of educational youth mental health videos and films that highlight the need for greater suicide prevention strategies and programs in the education system.