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CHEO announces new event for teens – “Stressed spelled backwards is desserts”
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Youth Net/Réseau Ado introduces a new event designed by teens, for teens to help them find positive ways to cope with stress.

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts” is a free event in which tees can sample a variety of stress management techniques, such as yoga, journaling, dance, art, meditation and music. It is open to youth aged 13 – 24, and the event will take place October 15th from 4 – 8 pm at the Dominion Chalmers United Church.

The program was designed by CHEO’s Youth Net – a regional mental health promotion and intervention program run by youth, for youth.

“Desserts will help teens cope with everyday stress so it doesn’t lead to more serious health and well-being issues down the road,” said Faron Gogo, Youth Net’s Youth Engagement Coordinator.

“The goal is to have them leave knowing that stress isn’t always negative and that it’s something that can definitely be managed.”

Youth are the heart and soul of the event. Members of the Youth Net Youth Advisory Committee conceptualized the idea, planned the event, and will be on-hand to host it. Qualified instructors will be on hand to offer guidance and advice.

“The whole night is about stress prevention - we want to have a really relaxed atmosphere. Youth can visit the stations that interest them, try something new, make some friends and enjoy a sweet treat while they’re at it,” says Gogo. “The group thought it was the perfect time for this event because youth are still feeling the stress of back to school, but slowly but surely the holidays are approaching which means even more stress to come.”

Event Information:
*October 15th from 4 to 8 p.m.
Dominion Chalmers United Church
355 Cooper Street
Advanced registration not necessary.

There will be limited on-site parking and street parking. The church is also accessible through the OC Transpo network (Buses 1, 2, 4 and 7.)

*Note: For participant confidentiality reasons the media is not able to attend or be on site to cover this event.

About Youth Net
CHEO’s Youth Net is a for youth by youth mental health awareness program which offers alternative support services for youth aged 13 to 20. Youth Net works to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness through prevention and intervention activities, education, research, and advocacy. Youth Net programs are led by trained facilitators aged 20 to 30 and are supported by clinical back-up resources.
The Youth Net Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a youth advocacy group whose members range from 13 to 21 years old. These youth volunteers spend several hours of their time each week at CHEO, working on a wide variety of community and Youth Net projects.
For more information about Youth Net, the YAC and their many projects please visit


For more information, please contact Marie Belanger, CHEO media relations, at 613-737-2343.
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