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21/9/2015
The Times They Are A-Changing - Kids’ Mental Health
Presentation: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
 
Ottawa, Ontario, September 21, 2015 - A joint presentation on child and youth mental health by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), The Royal and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) will take place on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 pm at Sir Robert Borden High School.
 
What is the mental health profile of children and youth today? How has it changed in a generation? CHEO and The Royal have seen a dramatic increase in children and youth seeking help, and in the severity of mental illness. CHEO’s Chief of Community-Based Psychiatric Services, Dr. Hazen Gandy, and Dr. Smita Thatte, Director of The Royal’s Youth Psychiatry Program, will talk about the differences in the mental health of children and youth today, what that means for parents, potential warning signs, and how parents can support their kids. OCDSB psychologist Dr Timothy Hogan will provide an overview of OCDSB policies and resources relating to child and youth mental health.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
 
WHERE: Sir Robert Borden High School Auditorium, 131 Greenbank Road, Nepean.
 
Free parking.
 
Members of the panel will include:
 
Dr. Smita Thatte
Dr. Smita Thatte is a Clinical Director of the Youth Psychiatry Program at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Psychiatry and has completed her subspecialty training and has obtained her Royal College Subspecialty Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist since 1991.
 
Currently she is working as the Unit Director of the Youth Partial Hospitalization program in Youth Psychiatry, as well as remaining as an active member of the teaching faculty at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Psychiatry.
 
Dr. Hazen Gandy
Dr. Gandy is the Division Chief of Community-Based Psychiatric Services at CHEO. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Medical Director of CHEO’s Child and Youth Telemental Health Service. He has worked in most of the mental health services offered by CHEO over the past 20 years.
 
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For more information, please contact:
Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist
CHEO
613-737-7600 x 3536
Cell: 613-769-5553
eschacherl@cheo.on.ca
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