HALIFAX, NS (July 5, 2018) – Approximately 70% of mental illnesses can be diagnosed before the age of 25, which makes adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, prevention, early identification and effective treatment of mental illnesses. Based on this knowledge, the team at TeenMentalHealth.Org, led by Dr. Stan Kutcher, are leading the charge on education in mental health in Nova Scotia.

On Monday, July 9, teachers and those that work with youth will return to the classroom for the sixth Mental Health Academy taking place at Saint Mary’s University. Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this signature TeenMentalHealth.Org event furthers education in mental health using evidence-based research and programs. With presentations by experts in the field of mental health and education, this one-day intensive learning session will provide attendees with tools to better understand mental health and to better support students.

Organizers expect approximately 150 participants. Each will hear from experts on topics related to mental health literacy, cannabis use in youth, psycho-educational assessments, healthy minds-healthy bodies and more.

“This is an opportunity for educators to develop new ideas and skills for use in their schools, homes and communities,” says Dr. Stan Kutcher. “Applying these when they leave the event will help create the conditions that help our youth grow and flourish.”

Dr. Kutcher and his team at Teenmentalhealth.Org are reaching international levels with their adolescent mental health resources that have been developed in Nova Scotia. Their toolbox for youth, teachers, parents and community members provide crucial mental health literacy tools across Canada, the US, the UK and beyond. The resources are flexible and adaptable for any classroom across the globe – with resources having been translated, adapted and used in different demographic and geographic areas with overwhelming success.

For more information on school-based mental health literacy, visit http://www.teenmentalhealth.org/.

ABOUT TEENMENTALHEALTH.ORG

TeenMentalHealth.Org uses the best scientific evidence available to develop application-ready professional learning programs, publications, tools and resources to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health. Dr. Stan Kutcher works to create, develop and deliver research, education and clinical programs by collaborating with its audiences.

Media contacts:
Mallory Comeau, Communications Coordinator
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
(902) 470-6582

Kate Elliot, Communications Coordinator
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
(902) 440-7844