Parents for Children’s Mental Health
45 Densgrove Drive
St. Catharines, Ontario
T. (416) 220-0742
F. (416) 921-7600
Did you miss our September Summit? Here is some information you might be interested in.
Did you attend the Summit? Found when you got home you wished you had more notes or copies of the presentation? Here you go!
Our goal is to provide you with the latest updates from PCMH as well as to link you with other interesting events, resources, and information pertaining to the Child and Youth Mental Health efforts in Ontario.
Each of our workshops focused on the pillars of PCMH - Support - Educate - Empower.
Our key note speaker, Dr. Kathy Short, focused on the Education system, and what is being done to help bring Mental Health and Well-Being into schools as a priority.
Dr. Short also used the opportunity with families to get some feedback on the work she is doing, and as an opportunity to consult with families. If you missed the Summit and would like an opportunity to provide your feedback, we have provided the consultation form below, along with Dr. Short's presentation. Please download the form and send it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to forward your input to Dr. Short as well.
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any. Alice Walker."
Lissa Regan provided our audiences with some amazing information about how we can successfully advocate for our children and youth, and how to be successful communicating with our Government.
The Top Ten Tips for Meeting with Members of Provincial Parliament and others involved in legislature is available below for download.
Learn about YOUR Government. A great place to start is the Ontario Legislative Assembly Website.
Know who your member of Provincial Parliament is. If you do not know, learn here.
PCMH plans to organize a tour of Queen's Park for its members, look for more information coming soon as that will be another opportunity for us to Support, Educate, and Empower each other.
"Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience. - Sonia Choquette."
Telling your story can often be a way of supporting families who are raising children and youth with mental illness. We all know how isolating and alone it can feel, and being able to read and hear about other families can help lessen that feeling for families, encourage them to get the support they need, and definitely can help lessen the stigma that surrounds us all.
Michele Sparling, and Suzanne Sherkin spoke to us about how to effectively speak to media, and how to best share our stories so that we are able to effectively promote support for families and for the issues of child and youth mental health.
Their presentation along with You, PCMH and the Media guide sheet is available here for download. Also, a template to help you organize your story and which parts of it you feel most important.
What Do You Think?
We want to hear from you. To give us your feedback, or to submit items for our next e-newsletter, please send us a message.
Share the newsletter and encourage membership to PCMH. "It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story" - help tell the stories of our children, youth, and families so that we can make a difference.
Support the work of PCMH by making a donation so that our initiatives can continue and strengthen and we can continue to Educate, Empower and Support.