Mental Health and Well-being Conference

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On Saturday, February 8, 2020 the Durham Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (DCPIC) hosted a Mental Health and Well-Being Conference for parents and guardians.

Thank you to all our partners for their informative presentations. Please see links below for presentations from:


Keynote speaker

Dr. Patrick Carney spoke on Supporting Children’s Mental Health with the 3 R’s - Relationships, Male adult smilingResponsibility and Resiliency

Dr. Pat Carney outlined predominant mental health concerns for Elementary and Secondary students today. These include such challenges as anxiety, mood, and various forms of addiction (e.g., internet, substances, gambling). We know that 70% percent of adult mental health disorders have their onset before high school
completion, and 50% in the elementary grades!

In addition to a review of supports for students who have developed mental health concerns already, he will discuss proactive approaches for families and educators. The goal for the school community is to teach emotional self-awareness and self-regulation skills that students can use to be healthy and resilient for the mental health challenges we all face. Parents will be invited to consider action plans to further enhance important habits of personal resiliency in their children and teens.

Breakout sessions

Parents and guardians attended two of the following breakout sessions:

Human Trafficking
Presenter: Jasminder Sekhon, HBA, MSc
Human Trafficking Prevention Facilitator, Victim Services of Durham Region

Vaping and Cannabis ...What Parents Need to Know
Presenters: Julie Marquardt, RN and Nadine Ladouceur, RN
Durham Region Health Department

Game-Bling: When Gaming meets Gambling
Presenter: Jennifer Cook, Youth Outreach Worker
YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program

Understanding and Supporting Your Worried Child
Presenter: Diane Mullane, Manager, Mental Health Initiatives / Mental Health Leader
Durham Catholic District School Board

Funding graciously provided by the Durham Catholic Parent Involvement Committee and an Ontario Ministry of Education Parents Reaching Out grant.


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