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Allies for Kids Mental Health

Six Time Olympic Medalist Clara Hughes Spoke about Mental Health and Launched Allies for Kids Mental Health

Shed the Light members with Clara Hughes taken by Tammy Schneider of Snap Dufferin
 Dufferin Child and Family Services Launch of Allies for Kids’ Mental Health

Dufferin Child and Family Services is thrilled that six-time Olympic medalist, Clara Hughes, was in Orangeville on October 24th to talk about her experience with depression, and how the support of the people in her life helped her out of that darkness.

“Allies for Kids Mental Health”…. because we care about Dufferin children and youth

‘Allies for Kids Mental Health’ is an innovative, mental health awareness initiative of Dufferin Child and Family Services. The goal is to promote the best mental health outcomes for children and youth. The initiative consists of informal, informative presentations to help adults better understand the mental health challenges kids face, to reduce stigma and know about community resources and how and when to seek help.

These presentations are for anyone who volunteers and/or has a significant role with children and youth.

Why? Because we know that:

  • 1 in 5 kids struggle with a mental health issue; and
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth; and
  • Coaches, instructors, mentors and others who work with kids have great opportunities to influence young lives

Watch this website for upcoming presentations. Also, presentations (small or large group) can be tailored around specific topics (eg. anxiety, substance misuse) or ages (younger or older kids, 6 to 18) or activity (sports, arts) etc. For example, a presentation for Brownie leaders might be about responding to bullies and for hockey coaches of 17-18 year old males about preventing substance misuse.

For more information about Allies for Kids Mental Health or to arrange a presentation, please contact 519-941-1530.