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Parent & Educator Talks

Mental Health & Wellness (60 Mins)

Mental health issues have been on the rise among our children and youth. The idea of a mental illness or diagnosis can be a scary thing, especially when there is still so much stigma and labels that exist surrounding the subject of mental health.  Awareness has been increasing leaps and bounds over the last number of years, but there is still such a need for us to receive education surrounding well-being and mental health.

In this presentation Joel and Germaine help parents/educators understand how mental health is something that applies to every student, and they provide simple keys to fostering it. Joel offers hope to parents/educators as he shares the story of his own dark days of mental illness, and some of the keys that helped him overcome. This is a dynamic multi-media presentation, filled with inspirational stories, quotes and statistics. Parents/Educators will come away with a sense of empowerment and a clear understanding of ways they can help their students live mentally healthy lives.

Bullying & Resiliency (60 Mins)

Bullying can be defined as “the intentional use of superior strength or influence repeatedly towards another person to cause injury or discomfort”.

 

Those who have experienced bullying know all too well the effects of bullying and how it impacts your self-esteem. The question is “how do we break the cycle?” “How do we create a safe and inclusive school environment where everyone feels valued, welcomed, and accepted?” 

This presentation is co-facilitated by Germaine & Joel. During the session, Germaine shares his personal life experiences with bullying and the tools that can be used to overcome. Through Story-telling, multimedia, inspirational stories and statistics parents/educators are empowered to support their student who maybe facing a bullying situation.

 

Germaine & Joel encourage parents/educators to keep open lines of communication with their students, and how modelling good social relationships (especially for parents at home) can positively effect the way students relate to each other. 

Healthy Relationships that Support Your Child’s Well-being & Mental Health (60 Mins)

The formative years of adolescence are a vulnerable time, filled with many highs and low, and insecurities. One of the most foundational factors that affects a student’s mental health and well-being is their relationship with their parents/care-givers. The positive role a parent/care-giver is able to play in their child’s journey is contingent upon the quality of relationship they are able to cultivate with their child.

This parent session focuses on ways to cultivate healthy relationships that support their child’s well-being and mental health. Joel and Germaine had the opportunity to consult with a mental health expert (Child Psychologist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist) in developing this talk. 

Through stories, statistics, and the dynamic use of multi-media, parents/care-takers will be equipped with a better understanding of how to cultivate healthy relationships with their child at each stage of development. They will leave encouraged, challenged, and freshly inspired to be present and effective in their vital role as parents/care-givers.

“The workshop was very relatable. It had relevance to me as a parent. I feel it would be very beneficial to parents to help them relate to their children. Overall, I found the talk very good.”

 

Donovan Gayle, Parent 

Alexander Graham Bell Public School

Durham District School Board

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