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“Let’s talk about suicide, depression and bullying”
CHEO, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) announces details of the free information session for parents on the subjects of suicide, depression, and bullying to be held October 25th.

The event will be a two-hour Q&A session with a panel of experts focusing on warning signs, practical tips and “how to” talk to your teen. Audience members will be given many opportunities to be heard – they can ask questions of the panelists at the session, submit their questions in writing at the event, or pre-submit their questions on-line.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ian Manion, a clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Dr. Manion is an internationally-recognized leader in child and youth mental health and active researcher in the areas of youth depression and suicide. Dr. Manion is also the co-founder of Youth Net.

Members of the panel will include:

Dr. Tina Daniels: Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Carleton University. She has developed and implemented anti-bullying programs and primary prevention programs locally and internationally. She also helped to found the Ottawa Anti-bullying Coalition.

Dr. Clare Gray: A pediatric psychiatrist, head of CHEO’s Crisis Intervention Program, and Chief of Community Based Psychiatry.

Dr. Phil Ritchie: CHEO psychologist who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, helping parents build resilient teens, urgent care and disaster response.

Denise Waligora: Director of Education Programs at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is an ASSiST trainer who has spent time in crisis work, with the Canadian Mental Health Association and in hospitals as a psychiatric nurse.

Information on a range of community resources and education materials will be available prior to the event. Agencies such as the Youth Services Bureau, Hopewell, Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario, Schizophrenic Society, Youth Net, The Canadian Psychological Association and Family Support Resource will have information available and/or representatives present.

You can pre-submit a question to the panel when you register on the CHEO website

When: Tuesday, October 25th from 7 – 9pm
Where: Sir Robert Borden High School, 131 Greenbank Road, Nepean
Free parking.

Advanced registration is recommended and available on the CHEO website

Media, for more information, please contact:

Heather Badenoch, The Royal, 613-818-5435

Marie Belanger, CHEO, 613-737-2343
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