Tuesday, 10 May 2011

National Child and Youth Mental Health

Mental Health challenges affect 15% of Canadian children and youth. - 4 or 5 students in every classroom of thirty students across the Nation struggle in the classroom, in making friends, in participating in activities and in functioning in their families. Many years ago a young Mom came to meet with me, keen to make life better for her son, and keen to work hard for all children and their families experiencing a mental health challenge. This women is extraordinary - her name is Keli Anderson and she is a Founder of the new National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health. I attended on May 7 where they brought together individuals interested in establishing "Family Smart" as an identity that will be used to endorse programs, practices, policies, services and research that families have identified as helpful and meaningful to them.How wonderful! I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Keli and her colleagues for their outstanding work.

For more information on "Family Smart" and the National Institute please contact instituteoffamilies@gmail.com

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