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Mental Wellness: From Stress to Strength

Children's Mental Health Ontario

As many as 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario will experience some form of mental health problem, but 5 out of 6 of those kids will not receive the treatment they need. 

Mental Wellness: Guiding Our Children From Stress to Strength

Thank you to all who joined us at the 2018 Encouraging Dialogue speaker series, 'MENTAL WELLNESS: GUIDING OUR CHILDREN FROM STRESS TO STRENGTH.' We hope you enjoyed our informative evening from a panel of experts in children's mental health discussing how we can best support our children when they need us most. 
Our guests included:

Dr. Taylor Armstrong, MD, FRCPC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families
Dr. Taylor Armstrong is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at The George Hull Centre (GHC), working in their community clinic. He attended medical school and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. An assistant professor within the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Dr. Armstrong coordinates the supervision and educational activities of medical students and psychiatry residents who train at GHC. Clinically, Dr. Armstrong works with children and adolescents across a wide range of presenting concerns. He has special interests in the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, attachment and developmental trauma, and the role of schools in improving the mental health of our children. 
Dr. Joanna Henderson
Director of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Executive Director of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario.
Dr. Henderson received her training in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her research aims to improve access to high-quality services for youth with mental health and substance use problems and their families. Currently, Dr. Henderson leads a number of projects that aim to improve youth access to services through building and supporting collaborative models of service delivery and youth engagement in system and service planning.
Sandra Lee Mendlowitz, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Founding Partner, Clinical Psychology Centre
Dr. Sandra Mendlowitz is a full time licensed psychologist. She has almost 25 years of previous work experience in the Ambulatory Care program in the Department of Psychiatry at SickKids Hospital. She is a founding partner of the Clinical Psychology Centre, a practice devoted to excellence in the care of children, adolescents and adults. She has an extensive clinical and research background in mental health issues. Her clinical focus is in anxiety and mood disorders with a particular interest in OCD and Selective Mutism. Dr. Mendlowitz has authored several cognitive-behavioural therapy treatment manuals for anxiety, anxiety and depression, OCD and selective mutism, needle phobias, as well as two book chapters – one on treatment intervention for OCD and the other on behavioural activation in children and youth. In addition, she continues to train and supervise other mental health professionals and engage in disseminating knowledge at various international conferences and has appeared in various television news programs for both the CBC and CTV News.
Joshua Miller
Youth Engagement Facilitator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Joshua Miller is fully engaged in multiple mental health research and service-related projects. He co-facilitates CAMH’s National Youth Action Council, a group consisting of over 70 young advocates from across Canada who provide feedback on projects related to mental health and substance use. He has a certificate in Peer-Support Facilitation and is certified in Suicide Intervention training. He holds a Hon.B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Joshua became involved in Mental Health through his early lived experience with Depression and Anxiety. He has been named a 2013 Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 and was recently named a Highly Commended Runner-Up by the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for his work in the field

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