CDPAC/PHAC Best Practices: Child & Youth Mental Health
This Fireside Chat (webinar) is co-hosted by the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Initiative.
"Child and Youth Mental Health Stigma Reduction” is the second webinar in a three-part series on various topics in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention delivered jointly by the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Initiative.
Previous webinars in the CDPAC/PHAC series have explored the scope of mental illness in Canada and the relationships between mental health, mental illness and chronic disease. This webinar builds on previous work by focusing on 'what works' in reducing stigma around mental health for children and youth, and will provide an opportunity to hear from and ask questions to expert speakers on:
1. The Opening Minds anti-stigma initiative (more...) including efforts targeting media and youth;
2. The Durham Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) coalition (more...), a youth awareness and education program, recognized Canadian Promising Practice and recent winner of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's 5th Anniversary National Partnership Award;
3. The Call BS (more...) youth driven campaign dedicated to transforming the way youth mental health is framed and supported; and
4. The Mental Health Awareness Stigma Combating Strategy (more...) and efforts to make it easier for youth to ask for help, including the 'reverse questionnaire' tool.
To explore the topic of child and youth mental health anti-stigma initiatives, and highlight proven and promising initiatives from the field, we bring together expert speakers affiliated with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Partners for Mental Health, the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
Advisors on Tap:
Heather Stuart, PhD
Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Queens University Senior Consultant, Opening Minds, MHCC
Heather Stuart, MA (Sociology), PhD (Epidemiology) is a social-epidemiologist specializing in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the holder of the Bell Canada Chair in Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Stuart is cross appointed to the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s and the Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-stigma program. Professor Stuart’s main areas of research interest are in mental health related stigma and discrimination; and mental health system and program evaluation. She has contributed to the peer reviewed scientific literature in the areas of mental health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; stigma and stigma reduction; and workplace mental health.
Professional Practice Leader, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Bob Heeney is the current Professional Practice Leader for Child and Youth Workers and Community Development Coordinator for the Adolescent Program at Ontario Shores. He is a certified Child and Youth Councillor. He is currently working in collaboration with Dr. Heather Stuart of Queen’s University who is the principal investigator of the Opening Minds youth initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. As chair of the Durham Talking About Mental Illness Coalition (TAMI), his current efforts seek to reduce stigma for youth living with mental illness. Mr. Heeney’s research interests lie in contact based mental health education and how this model changes behaviour, increases knowledge and improves attitudes towards those who are living with a mental illness. On behalf of the Durham TAMI coalition, he accepted the 2007 Ministers Award for Innovation in Health Promotion, the 2007 OHA Leading Practices Award and the 2012 Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Partnership Award.
President, Partners for Mental Health
Jeff has over 20 years of marketing experience in the areas of advertising, direct marketing, database mining, and multi-channel marketing management. Prior to joining Partners for Mental Health, Jeff was the National Director of Sales and Marketing for Canadian Blood Services where he oversaw all national marketing programs, advertising campaigns, donor lifecycle management and brand building activities for the organization. Before joining Canadian Blood Services, Jeff was the Director of Marketing at Bell Canada, overseeing all advertising directed at the SME market. Prior to joining Bell, Jeff held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Alterna Bank where he directed all strategic marketing activities in support of the bank’s brand building, CRM, and product growth objectives. Jeff also held various positions, including AVP Marketing for Bank One International where he oversaw the development and execution of all strategic marketing acquisition plans. He also served as AVP Marketing at Citibank Canada. In that capacity, he managed the marketing acquisition planning function, including the development of numerous portfolio programs. He began his career as marketing executive for Petro Canada, managing all marketing activities for the company’s private label credit card. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Youth Council Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Simran is a member of the Youth Council of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is an award-winning youth filmmaker, with her short submission “What is Mental Health?” earning top honors in a community film festival in Prince George, BC in 2012. Simran is originally from Williams Lake and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern BC. This year, she is working in the field of youth education and community engagement in Hay River, NWT as part of the Frontiers Foundation Operation Beaver program. She has experience working with youth with the Alberta Future Leaders program, the Boys and Girls Club, the Nechako Community Theatrics Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In between watching episodes of Ice Pilots NWT, her interests include the areas of youth and community engagement. She is honored to be part of this CDPAC / PHAC webinar.