In this issue

  1. #GetLiterate
  2. You’re invited: Get literate – cannabis, mental health & youth
  3. Congratulations to Dr. Stan Kutcher
  4. Partner highlight: Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

Welcome to another edition of the Conversation – a place where we provide information on happenings in the area of youth mental health. Feel free to join the conversation by sharing questions, feedback, photos, or ideas for future editions.


While increased awareness of mental illness is beneficial, awareness alone doesn’t result in better access to care. Mental health literacy ensures we use the right words to describe mental health.

When the right words aren’t used, we run the risk of making light of major concerns. For example: thinking someone having a bad day must have Depression, or thinking someone with Depression is dramatizing minor concerns.

Using the right words ensures people:

•    Get the right help if needed
•    Avoid seeking treatment when not needed
•    Are clear in their language when describing how they feel

We all have mental health. #GetLiterate about mental health by checking out our Language Matters information sheet.


Join us on Bell Let’s Talk Day for a breakfast panel discussion on cannabis use in teens, and a short video screening of our new cannabis video.

Date: Jan. 30, 2019.
Time: 7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast, tea, coffee, and parking included.
Location: Westin Nova Scotian Hotel.
Price: $50 per ticket; $500 per table of 10. Buy your tickets here.

Introduction by: Dr. Stan Kutcher, Canadian Senator
Moderator: Starr Cunningham, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

Dr. Phil Tibbo, Nova Scotia Health Authority/Dalhousie University
Natalie Bakody, NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police
Amanda Higgins, student at Mount Saint Vincent University

Congratulations to Dr. Stan Kutcher

Congratulations to Dr. Stan Kutcher on being appointed to the Canadian Senate. It’s a great recognition of his dedication to improving outcomes for youth globally. We know that his passion for helping others will continue to benefit Canadians in this new role.

Learn more: Psychiatry prof Stan Kutcher named to Senate of Canada – Dal News


Thanks to the generous support from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia community grant, we were able to print and distribute our ‘Cannabis use in teens‘ resources in time for cannabis legalization. The partnership also allowed for production of our upcoming cannabis video, which will screen at our ‘Get literate – cannabis, mental health & youth’ breakfast event on Jan. 30, 2018.

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is integral to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness by changing the way people think. They’ve been a tremendous support to through the years, and we’re immensely grateful for their leadership in the field.