May 7 is National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, and a series of resources are being offered to help build connections between young people and the caring adults in their lives.
All this week FamilySmart, a mental-health service provider, is encouraging young people to share photos and messages of caring on their social media profiles using the hashtags #may7icare, #icare, and #childandyouthmentalhealthday. The organization will also hold a series of virtual and online events for families, elementary students, and secondary students available to young people in the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District.
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Join us at noon on May 7 for Conversations About Mental Health: What it sounds like at different ages. The presentation focuses on ways of connecting with our kids between the ages of 0 and 18 years and will be led by FamilySmart manager Karen Peters (RCC ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness & Victoria Keddis). Register here: www.familysmart.ca/events.
Videos and activities are available for kids to help them understand how smart their brains and bodies are, and how sensations are our body’s way of telling us how we feel and what we need. When we practice focusing on the sensations in our body, we are being mindful. Let’s try it! These videos are designed for classrooms and can be used at home.
Pre-recorded mental health presentations will be delivered by young people to young people. Register at jack.org for amazing, pre-recorded classroom-edition talks or view the Talk to Me 7.0 Conference put on by Gleneagle Secondary’s Con-X Leadership students. These pre-recorded videos can be watched one-on-one or as part of a classroom or student activity.
• For more information about the upcoming events, go to https://may7icare.ca/.