to Feb 22

Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond (Conference) - Ottawa, ON

Coming Up Together - 2018 - Conference

Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond
February 20-22, 2018
On unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Convened by a multi-sectoral organizing committee, hosted by Carleton University
University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Science in Downtown Ottawa

For more information on submitting proposals (May 1, 2017 deadline) for this conference, please click here.

About the conference
We invite you to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for a collaborative three-day exchange of ideas between diverse change makers that will advance the agenda of ending youth homelessness in Ontario, Canada, and across the globe. Youth, community service providers, researchers and policy experts will meet to share their experiences and perspectives on creating systemic solutions to youth homelessness, ranging from immediate interventions to preventative strategies designed to stop homelessness before it begins. We believe that all young people have the right to be safely housed and to have the appropriate supports in place that allow them to thrive. Our goal with this conference is to build upon and accelerate the current momentum for ending and preventing youth homelessness in Ontario, Canada and beyond.
Proposal submission: Submit your proposal online at www.coming-up-together.ca. For more information about submitting your proposal, please click here.
Contact: info@coming-up-together.ca
Twitter: @CominUpTogether
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/587539918122927/

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to Nov 8

Brain-Child-Partners Conference - Toronto, ON


Brain-Child-Partners Conference

Westin Prince Toronto
900 York Mills Road, Toronto, ON
November 6-8, 2017

Whether you are a researcher, youth, family member, health professional, educator, policymaker or someone interested in partnering to advance research in brain-based disabilities, this conference is for you. 

Neurological conditions affect an estimated 3.6 million Canadians. Of these, as many as 850,000 are children who face life-long challenges with mobility, language, learning, socialization, and/or self-care that will impact their quality of life and create special challenges for the families of these children. 

The Brain-Child-Partners Conference gathers all stakeholders touched by childhood neurological disabilities and, under the theme of ‘Reciprocity’, we will listen, collaborate, exchange, and positively impact each other’s work. We share a common goal: improving health outcomes for Canadian children at risk or impacted by brain-based disorders. Together, we can promote a better health care system, better health outcomes, and also promote the transformative impact of brain and child health research in Canada.

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to Oct 24

2017 CAPHC Annual Conference - Engaging Children, Youth and Family: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Good Intentions? - Montréal, QC

2017 CAPHC Annual Conference - Engaging Children, Youth and Family: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Good Intentions?

2017 CAPHC Annual Conference - Engaging Children, Youth and Family: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Good Intentions?

Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel
Montréal, QC
October 22-24, 2017

Join CAPHC this October in the historical metropolitan city of Montréal, Québec for the largest annual meeting of the child and youth healthcare provider community in Canada. 

The CAPHC Annual Conference engages a broad stakeholder group of approximately 400 delegates that includes Hospital CEOs, Chief Financial Officers, Senior Administrators, Physicians, Clinical Directors, Multidisciplinary Practitioners, Policy Makers, Researchers, Families, Youth and many others.

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12:00 PM12:00

W2A Toronto: Reconciliation 150 & Youth

W2A Toronto: Reconciliation & Youth

W2A Toronto: Reconciliation 150 & Youth

Central Toronto, ON (TBC)
October 14, 2017 (Saturday) 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Free event for youth (Refreshments provided)


  • Bringing youth together to discuss how to mobilize for reconciliation
  • Share promising practices for youth working together to promote well being
  • Come with your experience, wisdom and passion to share

Facilitated by the W2A Youth Advisory Committee of Wisdom2Action.

Support from Laidlaw Foundation Resilience 150 PopUp

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to Oct 13

2017 Ophea Conference - Niagara Falls, ON

Ophea Conference 2017

2017 Ophea Conference registration is now open

2017 Ophea Conference
October 12-13, 2017
Niagara Falls, ON

Join Ophea in Niagara Falls, October 12-13 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre for an invaluable professional learning experience. The conference will present essential information and new insights on ways to support H&PE curriculum implementation, and instructional strategies for healthy, active living within the classroom and school. Get ready to learn, network, and get active.

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to Sep 27

The Power of Play: FRP Canada National Conference - London, ON

  • Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FRP Canada’s 2017 biennial national conference and AGM is being held this September 25 -27 in London, Ontario. This conference will be an informative and fun-filled 3-day professional development opportunity full of interactive workshops and incredible keynote speakers. This year’s conference theme is "The Power of Play".

49 speakers and 4 keynotes will explore topics such as: outdoor adventurous play, the right to play, fathering, financial literacy, risky play, brain development and play, the Nobody’s Perfect parenting program and so much more! For information on speakers, the agenda, and other conference details, please visit frp2017.eventbrite.ca.

Who should come? Anyone working or interested in the family support field, such as early childhood educators, social workers, program managers, and executive directors are encouraged to register.

Fast Facts

Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017 to Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 (3 full days!)
Location: Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, London, Ontario
Theme: The Power of Play
Keynotes: Dr Paul, Lisa Wolff (UNICEF), Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (Infant Mental Health Promotion), Jane Rooney (Financial Consumer Agency of Canada)
Registration: frp2017.eventbrite.ca
Agenda: Download here
Questions and Contact: conference@frp.ca

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to Aug 23

Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities - Charlottetown, PEI

Symposium on Promoting Child and Youth Mental Health: Moving Evidence to Action

The bilingual Symposium will build on the momentum from the past 2 years of programming which focused on emerging evidence and best practices that promote positive child and youth mental health in schools and communities.

Click here to view the ASI 2017 preliminary program

Key features of this event include:

  • a profile of child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada
  • keynote speaker
  • networking opportunities
  • a showcase of innovative practices in Atlantic Canada
  • presentations on the latest evidence
  • discussion of the policies needed to promote child and youth mental health
  • a Youth Leadership Program and a Children’s Program
  • a call to action

For more information and to register, visit the ASI 2017 website. 

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10:00 AM10:00

The Story of Inunnguiniq: The development of a parenting support program based on Inuit childrearing philosophy - Webinar

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Learning Objectives

  1. To identify historical settlement events in Nunavut which impacted Inuit families and continue to impact families today
  2. To develop an understanding of basic principles of Inunnguiniq (childrearing philosophy)
  3. To explore a community-led process to develop a caregiver/parenting support program based on Inunnguiniq

Registration Fee: This webinar is free to all participants.

To register, visit the Best Start Resource Centre website

For further information contact Marie Brisson

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7:00 PM19:00

Food Allergy Canada's new monthly webinars for kids

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Food Allergy Canada is launching monthly webinars just for kids as a part of their Allergy Pals program. 
Every month, kids with food allergies that are between the ages of 7-11 can participate in webinars that will cover key educational information on managing food allergies. 
Each webinar will be led by a trained peer mentor with food allergies where they will highlight a different topic each month, such as birthday parties, friends, school, and bullying. There will also be plenty of interactive games and activities that will have your child glued to the presentation!
The one-hour sessions will be held on the last Sunday of every month at 7pm EST, starting July 30th. And unlike our traditional 8-week Allergy Pals program, there is no long-term commitment with Allergy Pals Monthly.

Register your child today for the first webinar on July 30th. This month's topic will be on managing your allergies at birthday parties.

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11:00 AM11:00

Introducing CHILD-BRIGHT: Get involved in our patient-oriented research network - Webinar

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CAPHC Presents

Get to know CHILD-BRIGHT, an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families.

Join Dr. Annette Majnemer, along with Dr. Steven Miller, Dr. Dan Goldowitz, Frank Gavin and Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas as they share an overview of the network and how it is currently supported by patient-oriented research, patient-oriented training, citizen engagement and knowledge translation programs.

From this presentation, participants should come to appreciate:

  • How our research aims to improve child health and development, enhance patient/family experience, and develop cost-effective strategies.
  • How patients, families, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and other key stakeholders are working together to (1) create novel interventions to optimize development, (2) identify better ways to deliver responsive and supportive services, and (3) improve systems, knowledge, and practices to ensure better outcomes for these children and their families.
  • How CAPHC’s international community of child and youth healthcare practitioners, patients, families, researchers and other stakeholders can impact our decisions, activities and events. Your voice is the one that matters.
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2:00 PM14:00

Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work - Webinar

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YouthREX webinar.jpg

How might we leverage technology and digital tools to better support and enhance youth work? How can the youth sector build its capacity to utilize technology in ways that reflect the context(s) and needs of the sector? 

In October 2016, YouthREX hosted a Design Day that resulted in eight prototypes, two for each of the four challenges we were tackling. When they sat down and reviewed all the prototypes, half of them were rooted in technology - a proposal for an app or platform to enhance connections and information sharing. The pitches reflected the desire, and perhaps a need, for the youth sector to integrate technology more effectively into our work.

Join YouthREX for this webinar as they explore this topic with Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder and Director of Technology at TakingITGlobal, Kathryn McLeod, Marketing and Innovation Lead at mindyourmind, and Jessica Valleu, a Virtual Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto, who will share how they leverage technology in their work with youth.

Learn more and register on the YouthREX website. 

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to Jun 27

Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium: Moving Research to Action for Healthy Kids - London, ON

Children's Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium: Moving Research to Action for Healthy Kids

CHEWS 2017: Children's Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
Western University; London, Canada
June 26 - 28, 2017

An incredible group of speakers from around the world will be coming to London this June to share their latest work and insights related to children’s health and the built environment in 3 key areas: access to healthy food, promoting healthy physical activity including active travel and play, and healthy outdoor play and mobility.  

We are inviting practitioners, policymakers, health promoters and providers, community service and care providers, designers and planners, educators and all others interested in providing healthy built environments for children, to join us for this informative and collaborative workshop.  Collectively we will work to move evidence from research and successful interventions into actions that will provide healthier environments for children in all communities. 

Registration: Participants can register for one or more individual days, or the full 3-day conference.  Spaces for delegates are limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible to confirm your spot!  Registration opens March 22, 2017 at www.theheal.ca/chews2017

Call for Abstracts:  We are also issuing a general invitation for proposals for interactive poster sessions – to see the flyer for details on abstract submission, please click here.

Don’t miss out on this informative and engaging workshop and symposium!  Register or save the date now and watch for updates at www.theheal.ca/chews2017

Questions can be directed to chews2017@gmail.com.

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12:00 PM12:00

Food Literacy Programming for Children: What's happening? What works? - Webinar

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There is growing concern about unhealthy eating habits in children and youth including not eating enough vegetables and fruit and consuming too many processed foods and beverages. Involving children in food literacy programs, particularly those involving participatory cooking and learning, helps children learn where food comes from, how to choose and prepare healthy food—and can result in healthy eating behaviours such as choosing more vegetables and fruit.

In this webinar, join three speakers with a wealth of experience in developing and providing food literacy programming for children who will share about their innovative community food literacy programs in Ontario. Sandra Maxwell and Lucy Valleau will discuss You're the Chef, an evidence-based and evaluated food literacy program for children focused on increasing vegetables and fruit intake. You will also hear about Adam Hudson's hands-on cooking workshops offered to school children in Northumberland County at the Port Hope Community Health Centre. You will learn how these programs were initiated and developed; lessons learned; how to engage educators, parents, and peers; and gain ideas for how to promote food literacy programs in your community.

Learn more on the Nutrition Resource Centre website

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11:00 AM11:00

Pathway Through Mental Health Care: The Complete and Comprehensive School Approach - Webinar

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CAPHC Presents

Approximately 70% of mental illnesses can be diagnosed before age 25, which makes adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, and the prevention, early identification, and effective treatment of mental disorders. Canadian teenagers spend a great deal of time in school each week, which makes schools an ideal location for recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of youth. More young people can be reached through schools than in any other method of service delivery.

At present, schools and healthcare exist as separate systems, making it difficult to coordinate needed enhancements in mental health literacy and provide better access to effective care for young people. The Pathway Through Care model proposes a simple, innovative method for integrating education and healthcare opportunities that would result in youth, teachers, families, student service providers, primary care providers, and even mental health professionals becoming more mental health literate while concurrently establishing better access to effective mental health care for those youth who need it.

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8:00 AM08:00

Grand slam event for teens on May 28, 2017 - Toronto, ON

Teen Workshop and Baseball Game - May 28th in Toronto

Food Allergy - Double Play - Grand Slam - 2017 Teen Workshop

Food Allergy Canada is hosting a grand slam event for teens with food allergies on Sunday, May 28 in Toronto. This teen workshop will feature a fun-filled morning with interactive youth-led presentations, prizes, lively discussions, and team-building activities. 
Following the workshop, there will be a group trip to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball game where seats are reserved in the peanut/nut-reduced section.

This event is a must for teens with food allergies.


  • When is it: May 28, 2017 from 8am-12pm EST for the workshop and 1pm-4pm EST for the Blue Jays baseball game (optional).
  • Who should attend: Teens with food allergies, who are 13-21 years old.
  • Where is it:
    o    Workshop: 918 Bathurst, at 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
    o    Baseball Game (optional): Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON
  • How much does it cost: $20 - Teen Workshop, $35 - Blue Jays Baseball Game (optional)
  • Invite a guest for free: The participants can invite one friend to join them at the workshop free of charge. If the friend also wants to attend the baseball game, they will need to pay for their ticket. The friend does not need to have food allergies. To register a friend for the workshop/baseball game, please call us at 1-866-785-5660.

Learn more and register todayYou can also register via phone at 1-866-785-5660. Space is limited – register now to ensure you secure your spot.

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11:00 AM11:00

CAPHC Presents! Shining a light on weight bias and stigma: Is a focus on the scales helpful or harmful to the health of our children? - Webinar

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The last few decades have seen an alarming increase in rates of obesity in adults and children, across Canada and globally. Often described as an “epidemic”, there is no lack of discussion on causes and consequences of rising rates of obesity, but little evidence that the system issues underpinning this, and that affect us all regardless of weight status, are being adequately addressed. These system issues include increasing income and social inequalities, reductions in physical activity, increasing time spent engaged in sedentary behaviours and an abundance of energy dense, nutrient poor foods. Instead of a focus on fixing these broken systems, the prevailing narrative focuses on obesity as an individual problem that can be solved by eating less and moving more, which in turn fuels a cycle of blaming and shaming – of parents and children among others.

This begs the question “is a focus on the scales actually helpful or harmful?”. In this webinar, Dr. Sara Kirk will discuss the challenges of the prevailing focus on weight as an endpoint rather than on health disruptive environments that impact everyone. She will also share evidence-informed strategies and solutions for future research, policy and practice to reduce weight bias and stigma and support health for all Canadians, regardless of weight.

Visit CAPHC Presents! for more information and to register.

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1:00 PM13:00

Sport for Life-RBC Learn to Play Webinar: Parent Engagement

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The RBC Learn to Play project is in its third and final year.  They will be hosting a five-part Sport for Life-RBC Learn to Play webinar series in the coming months. The first webinar, titled "Parent Engagement," will take place May 8, from 1-2:30pm EDT

Often practitioners are looking for ways to engage and educate parents about quality sport, physical literacy, and Long-Term Athlete Development. This webinar will provide some strategies and resources to engage and help parents understand the added value of programs that integrate quality sport and physical literacy. In addition, a list of what good physical activity and sport programs for children and youth look like will be shared.

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to Apr 28

5th Canadian Obesity Summit - Banff, AB

Dennis Edell of EPODE Canada and Dr. Shazhan Amed of SCOPE will be co-presenting a pre-conference workshop at this year’s Canadian Obesity Summit in Banff on April 25, 2017. The workshop, titled Designing a Successful Community-Based Approach for Preventing Childhood Obesity, is designed for anyone interested in learning what a community-based program can do and the necessary steps to start and sustain a program designed to reduce the prevalence of obese and overweight children. 

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to Apr 15

International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) 2017 - Toronto

IPLC2017 is designed to bring together sport, health, education and recreation experts to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe. The conference engages leaders, practitioners and stakeholders of physical literacy from around the world in a truly collaborative environment.

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12:45 PM12:45

Healthy Minds Canada Lunch and Learn: Indigenous Youth and Mental Health - Toronto

  • Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto - North Borden Building, Room 219 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether we recognize them or not, we are all affected by mental health issues. Some maybe more than others - what makes indigenous youth more susceptible to mental health issues compared to non-indigenous youth?

Healthy Minds Canada is hosting a free Lunch and Learn where they will discuss issues such as social determinants of health affecting mental health, living with a family member who is experiencing mental health issues, supporting personal mental health, and how to recognize indicators early enough to avoid onset of mental health issues. Join Healthy Minds Canada for an exciting dialogue with experts in the field and individuals with lived experience.

For more information and to register, visit the Healthy Minds Canada website. 

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to Mar 25

Zoom In On Girls - Edmonton, AB

Zoom In On Girls - Edmonton - Girls Action Foundation

"Zoom In On Girls" is coming to Edmonton

Click here for the French version

What is a Zoom?

Zoom in on Girls is a series of regional gatherings for Girls Action Foundations’ National Network members, organizations and individuals who work with girls and young women.
Focusing on issues related to girls and young women, the Zoom events aim to support and strengthen action strategies, networking, and the exchange of skills and resources on a regional level.

The gatherings will be a space to:

  • Exchange and be inspired by each others’ experiences
  • Network with other programmers in your region
  • Share successes and resources
  • Gain new tools and knowledge
  • Develop strategies to tackle the issues faced by girls and young women
  • Celebrate our work

When and where?

1.    Friday, March 24th for a networking cocktail 5@7
2.   Saturday, March 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Parkdale Cromdale Community League
11385 85 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5B 4S1


To register and submit your workshop / sessions proposals CLICK HERE

Registration deadline for workshops proposals: March 15
Registration deadline for participants: March 21

Need more information? Please contact: 
Alia Hassan-Cournol, Communication Coordinator
Sumaya Ugas, Programs Coordinator

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9:00 AM09:00

Wisdom2Action: From Trauma to Resilience - Ottawa

Wisdom2Action: From Trauma to Resilience (W2A-TR) is a knowledge mobilization and outreach event that addresses sexual violence experienced by Canadian youth. Hosted by the CYCC Network in collaboration with local and national partners, this event will bring together a diverse group of people who are involved in preventing sexual violence and in supporting young people who experience it. W2A-TR will allow people passionate about improving the mental health and well-being of young people to build their networks and be exposed to best and promising practices.

The event is open to researchers, community service providers, educators, government agencies, youth, and others who work with young people to prevent or respond to sexual violence.

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11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law

Webinar: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law

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Webinar: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Law
March 23, 2017 | 11:00am-12:00pm EST

How can we support positive outcomes for youth involved with the law? What is the impact of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) on particular groups of young people facing barriers?

The YCJA has successfully changed the youth justice system by moving it away from punitive toward more rehabilitative approaches to youth justice, and by reducing the incarcerated rate of youth in general. However, not all youth are benefiting from the changes. The incarcerated rate of Indigenous youth has not decreased and there have been unintended adverse impacts on youth from racialized groups.

This webinar features Dr. Siu-Ming Kwok speaking on youth criminal justice in conversation with youth advocates, Rebecca Weatherstone and Heidi HeavyShield, who have experience working within the corrections system. Our webinar presenters will share a case scenario of a youth navigating the criminal justice system that we will discuss from the perspective of research and practice.

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1:00 PM13:00

New guidelines for introducing peanut to babies: what do they mean? - Webinar

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This free webinar focuses on the new guidelines for the introduction of peanut to babies and what they mean, followed by a Q&A where participants can ask questions. Hosted by Food Allergy Canada and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI), this webinar will be presented by Canadian allergist Dr. Julia Upton. 

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1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: Substance Use and Suicide among Youth: Prevention and Intervention Strategies (English only)

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

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Guest speaker: Dr. Robyn McQuaid, Research and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

The MHCC’s webinars on suicide prevention are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational, and cultural shifts needed to recognize the importance of suicide prevention and how we can all work together to reduce the number of deaths by suicide.
This free webinar will be in English and a recording will be available on the website following the live event in April 2017. The PowerPoint presentation will also be available afterwards in both English and French.

For more information contact:
Samantha Fauteux
Program Coordinator, Suicide Prevention
Prevention and Promotion

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