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November 4, 2014

Helping Kids Cope: Suicide and Self Harm

The SickKids Learning Institute is reaching out to families and youth, offering a second symposium on mental health for families and youth, on Sat. Nov. 15.

“Helping Kids Cope: Suicide and Self Harm” takes place at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at 686 Bay Street. Registration is open to adults for $25 and youth (13-25 years) for $15.

Learn more and register for the symposium.

“Almost 4,000 people commit suicide in Canada every year, and more than two hundred of those are children and youth,” says Dr. Irfan Mian from the Department of Psychiatry at SickKids, who will chair the day. “That’s a disturbing fact and we hope to help families who would like to learn more about what they can do to prevent a tragedy from happening.”

Learning and education have always played a key role at SickKids. When the Learning Institute was founded in 2007, the hospital was able to strengthen its focus on education for students and academic trainees, continuing professional development for staff, and education for children, their families and the community. 

Assisted by a donation from the estate of John T. Law, a former executive at SickKids and the first president of SickKids Foundation, the Learning Institute offered a symposium in April on “Helping Kids Cope: Anxiety and Depression.” The event attracted a full house and participants asked for more. In fact, the attendants in April suggested the topics for the next event.