Pinwheel Education Series: Announcing the July-December 2013 Lineup!

Saman on July 12, 2013

The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is excited to announce a new lineup of topics for the Pinwheel Education Series for July-December 2013. We have many interesting topics coming up in the second half of the year, including motivating change, school anxiety, social support, cannabis, and nutrition and mental health. We are excited to bring persons with lived experience together with experts to engage in dialogue with the public about important mental health, substance use, and healthy living issues. Our events are free and open to everyone in BC. We try to design the sessions so that there is something for everyone. Parents, educators, and health professionals regularly attend our events for ideas and inspiration.

Our July event will focus on the subject of motivational interviewing. We will examine how parents, educators and service providers can use the popular motivational interviewing approach to understand and facilitate desired change in children and youth with mental health and substance use challenges. We will be taking a break in August, as we’ll be hosting our annual Summer Institute, and coming back in September with a session on school anxiety. Anxiety problems are quite common in children and youth, and we want to dedicate a session to explore how anxiety can interfere with children’s social and academic functioning, and discuss how parents can help children curb their fears. We will also be introducing examples of popular anxiety prevention and resiliency building programs in schools.

In October, we will be tackling the topic of social support . This is an important topic, as isolation often contributes to mental health challenges, and positive social relationships are beneficial for recovery and maintaining wellness. Cannabis, our topic for November, is another important topic to address because of the prevalence with which it is used by young people and the amount of misinformation that exists about the topic. We always like to end the year by putting the spotlight on healthy living, and this year we will be discussing the link between nutrition and mental health.

We hope that you can take the time to join us. You can come in person, dial in through the phone, or join via Telehealth. You can visit the Pinwheel page of our website for all the relevant details. In addition to event details, that page includes recordings and archives of our past events. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at keltycentre@bcmhs.bc.ca

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