The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project has delivered three additional trainings this month to more than 400 direct service providers. In conjunction with Andrea Kirkham and Eugenia Canas from Mind Your Mind, CMHA Ontario broadcast the fourth webinar in the nine-part series on November 6, 2014. The webinar focused on the use of social media tools in delivering mental health supports to children and youth.
Fittingly, CMHA Ontario participated in an online chat about the webinar on twitter. Combined with Mind Your Mind’s efforts this live tweet led to a reach of nearly 23,000 unique individuals with nearly 25,000 impressions on twitter.
In addition, the second regional workshop, was held in Ottawa November 13-14, 2014. The facilitators, Janine Lawford and Erica Watson from the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, once again worked their magic, delivering an informative and interactive workshop on trauma and vicarious trauma. The room was packed with a dynamic and enthusiastic group of child and youth mental health service providers from the Ottawa area.
Finally, the project’s fifth webinar, Hidden Assumptions: Challenging Colonial Norms for Better Mental Health Outcomes for Aboriginal Children and Youth, is being broadcast on November 20, 2014.
John Rice from CMHA Simcoe and Lisa Martin from the Child and Parent Research Institute (CPRI) team up to provide a new perspective on the issue of children and youth’s complex mental health needs. Using an indigenous framework, the presenters discuss some of the unique historical and social factors that impact mental health and wellbeing of indigenous children and youth and, review some of the successful strategies that CPRI is using to address these needs.
Watch the full webinars or find out more information about the project on the website.