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About SickKids

February 20, 2014

Families can help kids cope with anxiety and depression

Mental health is top of mind these days. In the words of Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at SickKids, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto, “there is no health without mental health, and there is no mental health without healthy relationships.”

The SickKids Learning Institute is playing its part to further child mental health with a new public event, sponsored by an endowed fund of a former SickKids executive. The one-day conference, called Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Depression, takes place on Saturday April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.

The event is a networking and education day for caregivers and families, children and youth. Keynote speaker is Kendra Fisher, a former member of the Canadian Women's Hockey Program, who will share some personal stories about depression and anxiety.

There will also be a plenary session and discussion groups, and exhibitors will attend and present various resources available to families.

When the conference closes, participants will know more about:

  • Recognizing signs of anxiety and depression in children and youth.
  • When to seek professional help. When to be worried and when not to be worried.
  • What’s available, where to get help.
  • Tips for getting the most out of a health-care visit
    • Communication
    • Organization
    • Advocating for your child’s needs
  •  Networking/meeting individuals who are dealing with similar issues.

This event is supported by a fund in the name of John Law, who was Chief Executive Officer of SickKids in the 1960s and the first President of the SickKids Foundation from 1972 to 1977.

Visit this website for more information and to register.