BREAKING the stigma. CONTINUING the conversation.
Thank you to everyone who came out to welcome Clara Hughes on March 24. We heard loudly and clearly that there is a lot of work yet to be done to fight the stigma of mental illness and, specifically, to help youth in our community.
Watch this space over the next several days as we add videos from the evening and resources from our local experts, all with a focus to keeping the conversation going.
Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes provides hope and inspiration for anyone battling depression. Here’s her presentation:
This event is in celebration of Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk.
Nicolas Axas, Team Lead for the Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Consult Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital shares some important information for parents and anyone who works with children and youth in the video below. Proceeds from the UHKF-organized event were directed toward research into depression Dr. Roumen Milev at Providence Care – he shares more about it here:
Introductory thoughts on youth mental health & suicide were provided by panel members Alex Martin & Tom Edgerton (The Jack Project), Dr. Sarosh Khalid-Khan, Dr. Wendy Craig, Dr. Jennifer Davidson-Harden.
Local experts answered questions from the audience during a panel presentation. More than 50 written questions were also submitted and the panel members are providing responses that will be posted here in coming days. Here is a video of the panel discussion:
Nicholas Axas received his BSW from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and his MSW from the University of Denver; he has been working with children and their families for over 19 years. He worked for 12 years with the Denver Department of Human Services in Colorado, and immigrated to Canada in 2006 and worked as a Clinical Therapist with the SAFE-T Program at Thistletown Regional Centre with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in Toronto. Nicholas joined the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Urgent Consult Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital in 2012 as a full time Social Worker/Therapist and is the Team Leader for the clinic.
Nicholas grew up in a Greek immigrant household in the United States, and faced challenges in his adolescence as he struggled with homelessness, discrimination and mental health. Immigrated to Canada in 2006, and became a citizen in 2011. He is passionate about child and adolescent mental health. Currently lives in Kingston with his partner.
Alex Martin is a 3rd year Psychology student at Queen’s University. She began her involvement with The Jack Project two years ago and is now co-leading Unleash the Noise 2014, Canada’s second annual student mental health summit.
Alex is passionate about connecting with students from across the country and committed to changing the way young people view mental health!
A third year Political Studies major at Queen’s University, Tom began volunteering with The Jack Project in the fall of 2012 after meeting Founder Eric Windeler. Since then he has twice been the on-stage host of Unleash the Noise, Canada’s student-led mental health innovation summit. This year, he also acted as the event’s student co-lead alongside fellow Queen’s student Alex Martin. Bringing over 200 students from 85 different campuses together, the weekend summit made big steps in increasing awareness, understanding and ownership of youth mental health amongst students. Tom is originally from Cornwall, England; he completed High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and now works for Queen’s University Security and Emergency Services as an Operator
Dr. Wendy M. Craig
Dr. Craig is a Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on healthy relationships, bullying and victimization. In recognition of her work, she has won an Investigator Award from CIHR, the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community Service, the York University Award Redefining the Possible, the Queen’s Excellence in Research Prize and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
She has published over 100 scientific articles, 33 book chapters, and four books. She is co-leading Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network, a knowledge mobilization network that focuses on reducing violence. She regularly speaks to parents, educations, and professionals working with youth.
Dr. Jennifer Davidson-Harden
Dr. Jennifer Davidson-Harden is a registered clinical and school psychologist who has been in the position of Chief Psychologist with the Limestone District School Board for the past three years and has been with the school board since 2009. This year, Dr. Davidson-Harden took on the additional role of Mental Health Lead to coordinate the development of the mental health strategy and facilitate mental health initiatives in schools. This role is part of the Ministry of Education’s commitment to Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and was developed for all Ontario School Boards through School Mental Health ASSIST.
Dr. Sarosh Khalid-Khan
Sarosh Khalid-Khan, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Head Academic Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s University and Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Her areas of interest are: prevention of childhood anxiety disorders, psychotherapeutic interventions in adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, enhancing primary care capacity to treat childhood psychiatric disorders and transcultural psychiatry. Currently she is working with the Limestone District School Board in Kingston, to implement anxiety prevention programs in schools and enhancing capacity in primary care physicians for treatment of childhood psychiatric disorders.