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02/23/11 Invitation to Media - Youth Mental Health Forum

Youth Mental Wellness Forum Attracting Interlake Students

 

Approximately 80 grade 7 to 9 students from all school divisions in the Interlake are anticipated to attend the region’s positive mental health forum entitled Large on Life next week.

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lakeview Resort and Conference Centre, Gimli

10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Speakers include:

  • Keynote speaker, Chrissy Troy, Hot 103 FM: Overcoming Challenge
  • Klinic Community Health Centre: Mental Wellness/anti-stigma
  • Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS): Cyber bullying, bullying and cyber safety

 Results from the Interlake RHA’s most recent youth health survey (2009) http://tiny.cc/IRHA_Youth_Health_Surveyindicate that 45 per cent of Interlake grade 6-12 students always feel good about themselves. However, seven per cent of students report they feel under too much pressure on a daily basis and 38 per cent of students felt so sad or hopeless that they stopped doing some of their usual activities. Thirty-two per cent of students report being bullied or taunted. The forum is a joint effort to educate students about mental health issues, assist with effective coping techniques, reduce stigma and identify available resources. It’s a day of celebrating wellness, information sharing and personal growth and it’s being funded by the Government of Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, Reclaiming Hope.

 

 

The Youth Forum Planning Committee is a sub-committee of the Interlake Interagency Suicide Prevention Committee that includes: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba, Brokenhead First Nation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Evergreen School Division, Child and Family Services, Interlake Regional Health Authority Community Wellness Program, Interlake Regional Health Authority Mental Health Program, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, Nova House, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Selkirk Friendship Centre, Selkirk Team for at Risk Teens and Youth for Christ.

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Please note: we have not secured photo consents from all school divisions involved. For this reason, we request that any images you take be of presenters and/or volunteers not students.

 

Contact:          Lauralou Cicierski, Public Relations Manager

                        (204) 467-4747, lcicierski@irha.mb.ca        
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