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CHEO and OCDSB connect parents with mental health experts to talk about suicide, depression, and bullying

OTTAWA - To mark Ottawa’s first official “Suicide Prevention Day”, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), in conjunction with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), is pleased to announce a free information session for parents on the subjects of depression, anxiety and suicide. It will take place October 15th from 7 – 9 pm at Sir Robert Borden high school.

While the start of a new school year is often filled with excitement about what’s to come, it can also result in feelings of anxiety and depression for some children and youth. This event will be a two-hour Q&A session with a panel of experts focusing on warning signs, practical tips and helpful advice like “how to” talk with your child and teen.

Audience members will have many opportunities to be heard – they can ask questions of our panellists in person at the session, submit questions in writing at the event, or pre-submit questions online at

The panel discussion will be moderated by Alex Munter, CHEO’s president and chief executive officer.

Members of the panel will include:

  • 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 an active researcher in the areas of youth depression and suicide. Dr. Manion is also the co-founder of Youth Net/Réseau Ado.
  • Dr. Clare Gray: A pediatric psychiatrist, head of CHEO’s Crisis Intervention Program, and Chief of Community Based Psychiatry.
  • Dr. Phil Ritchie: A CHEO psychologist who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, helping parents build resilient teens, urgent care and disaster response. Dr. Ritchie is also one of the columnists for CHEO’s “I’m Glad you Asked”, an educational forum to discuss general mental health questions and issues available on the CHEO website.
  • Dr. Neil Gottheil: A clinical psychologist with CHEO’s inpatient mental health unit. Dr. Gottheil works with children and teens dealing with various mental health issues and has considerable experience in the areas of mood, anxiety, suicidality and bullying. He has lectured extensively in the community and to professional groups on the topic of bullying.
When: Monday, October 15th from 7 – 9pm
Where: Sir Robert Borden High School Auditorium, 131 Greenbank Road, Nepean. Free parking.

Advance registration is recommended and available on the CHEO website at

For more information, please contact:
Marie Belanger, CHEO Public Relations, at 613-737-2343

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