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21/3/2017
Ottawa Students and Teachers Take Action Against Mental Health Stigma

CHEO’s YouthNet/RéseauAdo is aiming to reduce mental health stigma in the Ottawa community with their youth anti-stigma summit, HeadStrong. March 24th, 2017, over 150 students and teachers represented by 6 school boards and youth organizations in the Ottawa area will gather at the Confederation Education Centre to discuss and share effective ideas to reduce stigma around mental health.

YouthNet/RéseauAdo is a for-youth, by-youth mental health promotion and prevention service of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) began the HeadStrong initiative in 2014, and has sponsored 40 regional summits across Canada.

This year, the summit’s theme is “CollaborAction”, which aims to encourage students to work with adults, other youth in the community, and youth organizations to reduce mental health stigma. The summit will also include speakers with lived mental health experiences, as well, as Dr. Ian Manion, Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute for Mental Health Research at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Peter Joynt, MC, producer, and public speaker from Ottawa, Canada. Personalized videos of encouragement and empowerment from Madame Sophie Trudeau and Rick Mercer will also be shown to kick off the day. The summit will encourage students to develop mental health advocacy groups at their own schools and this summit will teach them how to do so.

“HeadStrong is so amazing because it is a testament to the capabilities of youth to band together and work towards one unified goal.” – Gaetano Pacifico, Youth from YouthNet/RéseauAdo

YouthNet/RéseauAdo is a bilingual regional mental health promotion and prevention program run by youth, for youth. For more information, visit our website http://www.youthnet.on.ca.

About CHEO
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is Canada’s capital pediatric hospital and helps over 500,000 children and youth each year. CHEO has more than 2,500 doctors, nurses and staff dedicated to providing the best possible care for the children and youth of Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario.

Interview Information
Ms. B Mackenzie Barnett will be available for interviews leading up to and following the summit.

Social Media Information
Please support our Twitter Thunderclap momentum by signing up here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/54458-ynra-headstrong-la-t-te-haute. Visit our social media pages (@CHEOyouthnet for twitter and Instagram; @YNRAOttawa for Facebook) and to follow our event on Social Media, please use and check the Hashtags #CHEOynra #CollaborAction #MHCCHeadStrong #CMSCLaTeteHaute on Instagram and Twitter.

Warmly,

B. Mackenzie Barnett, B.A. (Hon. Spec. Psy.)
Mental Health Planner – Planificateaur de la santé mentale, Youth Net/Réseau Ado
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; 2305 Unit 300B, Blvd Saint-Laurent, Ottawa, K1G 4J8
Tel: (613) 738-3915 ext 2181 | mbarnett@cheo.on.ca
http://www.youthnet.on.ca/

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