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Parents for Children's Mental Health February Newsletter

Join Our Next Chapter Meeting


Date: Wednesday, February 21st 2024
Time: 7-830 pm
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlf-itpzgrGtzokeiJ9CFkAIqc4sdGnOah


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note: Zoom is available from any laptop, as well as your phone using the Zoom app. If privacy is a challenge in your home, you can join us from your car or a warm quiet coffee shop. 



One-to-One Peer Support


One-to-One Peer Support for Parents and Caregivers Raising Children and Youth with Mental Health Challenges

Location: Anywhere in Ontario
Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Thursdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm





Register today for the February 2024 Introduction to Opioids, Addiction, and Opioid Use Disorder Webinar!


This workshop covers what opioids are, their side effects and the risks associated with misusing opioids, the toxicity of the unregulated drug supply, signs of an opioid overdose and naloxone. We will also talk about opioids in relation to Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis.

Participants will learn to define addiction and opioid use disorder. Discussion will be around the signs, symptoms of withdrawal, and the risk factors of developing opioid use disorder. You will also learn how to speak to someone who is using opioids, protective factors, what treatment options are available, harm reduction strategies, resources and support services.


Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

Facilitator: Toby Ma (Youth Opioids Awareness Program (YOAP) Education and Awareness Coordinator, Ontario)

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm EST

Fee: Free

Please note: This webinar will not be recorded.


Register today! This program fills up quickly.
If you have any questions, please contact msue-ping@iamentalhealth.ca



Mindfulness in 30

Thursdays from February 1 to 22, 2024
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EST

Beginning February 1, CAMH will be hosting Mindfulness in 30, a free drop-in mindfulness session for caregivers, care providers in health, home care, and disability support services as well as leaders and management professionals in developmental services.

The program is led by Sue Hutton, a mindfulness teacher with 40 years of experience.

Mindfulness in 30 was developed at the CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre with support from the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence.




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