Within school settings, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective School Mental Health (SMH) is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of SMH has not yet caught up to the promise. Evidence-based practices are not implemented routinely, a comprehensive approach is lacking in most jurisdictions, and data-informed decision-making is virtually non-existent. The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University addresses those gaps between research, practice and policy. The centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.
NEW! In preparation for the 2017 Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth, we are pleased to announce that there will be a $150 prize for the top research poster. All presenters are elligible to win this prize. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract. See here for more information!
NEW! The Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, one of Western Education’s valued partners and home to the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre, is hoping to be picked as a recipient of the AVIVA community fund. If chosen, Merrymount will use the funding to renovate their gym and help ensure the children they work with have a fun, modern place to play. Please take a moment to help our partner, and the community’s children. Vote for the Merrymount Gym Makeover at: https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/
NEW! Congratulations to Peter Jaffe on his receipt of the Honourable Justice Geraldine Waldman Award in Family Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence. Presented by the The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter (AFCC-O), the award recognizes efforts to assist in improving services and supports for families that face domestic violence. Peter was recognized for his long-standing commitment and involvement in these important areas. The award was presented October 21 by Justice Debra Paulseth of the Ontario Court of Justice.
NEW! CBC interview with Dr. Claire Crooks