Still needing to be heard

University of Waterloo’s Dr. Dillon Browne spoke to youth, then caregivers, about mental health after the pandemic. One key takeaway: Listen.

What does “trauma-informed” mean and why is it important?

The pandemic has made most of us more on edge. Knowing how to safeguard survivors of trauma is needed as we emerge from COVID’s grip.

Beyond High School is providing urgent help to graduating students

Urging students to plan beyond high school is a step forward in community wellness.

Be an Emotion Coach for the Teen in Your Life

Dr. Maisha Syeda and Maria Ibanez of Western University explain the difficulties teens have in regulating their emotions and how caregivers can help.

It’s Not Just You: A Conversation About Pandemic-Related Exhaustion and Burnout

Miguel Martinez, a Steering Committee member of Erin Mills Connects, welcomes author Ann Douglas to a Community Check-in. Ann, just fresh from finishing her latest book, shares three questions that help put pandemic experiences in context for a better future.

What’s Strong, Not Wrong

Take a look at yourself and your family members with an appreciation for each individual’s strengths. This will help build resilience toward wellness, says Dr. Tayyab Rashid of University of Toronto Scarborough. BONUS: View recording of Dr. Rashid’s webinar with Erin Mills area caregivers about strengths-based resilience.

Adding More Kindness to the World

Researchers Dr. Tina Malti (L) and Dr. Ruth Speidel spoke to the Community Forum this Spring. Kindness is more than a virtue. It’s important to social-emotional development and mental health.

Youth are resilient, but still want to be heard

Even in the face of another major lockdown, many Erin Mills youth demonstrate their resilience through caring for others. They still want to have a sounding board though. Listen to a recent discussion with a youth panel. Bonus: Dr. Rumeet Billan spoke to Erin Mills youth in April 2021. Read more about this super opportunity to refocus the future.

Won’t somebody Please think of the parents?! Family Stress and mental Health during Covid-19

Dr. Dillon Brown of the University of Waterloo provides proof that children and their caregivers are struggling psychologically, and he offers recommendations to help.

THE VIRTUAL VILLAGE – PART II WITH ANN DOUGLAS

On the heels of Ontario announcing that students wouldn’t be going back to schools to finish their school year and that many summer activities are cancelled, children and their parents are struggling with more disappointment and worries. Ann Douglas, parenting book author, speaks to parents and guardians about how they can make these unusual circumstances less sad for their kids.

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