Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports the success of each student through effective community relationships, and safe, respectful, inclusive learning and working environments.
Throughout Ontario, Mental Illness Awareness Week will take place from October 3 to 7, 2011. To assist in raising awareness, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has planned a community event.
Flyer describing the Children & Youth Mental Health Symposium .
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND REPORTERS
ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM
DATE: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
TIME: 4:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
Student performance by Elevated Grounds
Elevated Grounds  is a youth-led, elder-mentored organization from Toronto that is passionate about increasing awareness and breaking down barriers about mental health by exploring the challenges of how our society and communities perceive, feel about and cope with mental disorders.
Mental health statistics
- One in five children and youth suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
- Depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior problems, eating disorders, ADHD, and development disorders are the most common mental health problems for children and youth.
- Up to 50% of children experience mental health issues that have a significant impact on academic, social and family life.
- In a minority of cases, the issues are so severe as to prevent students from attending school. Most of the time, students struggle with these issues on a daily basis at school, further contributing to their functional problems.
- Stigma is a reality for those who suffer from a mental illness-how others judge and perceive them is one of their biggest barriers.
- A recent survey suggests that youth experiencing mental health issues are least likely to confide in a medical professional, but are more likely to seek help from peers or teachers or other caring adults.
- Up to 80% of children will not receive treatment for mental health difficulties.
Registration can be done by contacting Wendy Fleet, Secretary, Special Education Services, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2279, [email protected], or online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]