Presentation on Child and Youth Mental Health

posted Sep 30, 2015, 8:00 AM by St. Philip School

Although we just received this information this morning, we hope it is enough notice for those that would be interested in attending.

A reminder of this evening’s joint presentation on child and youth mental health by The Royal and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), taking place at 7 pm at Sir Robert Borden High School.

 What is the mental health profile of children and youth today? How has it changed in a generation? The Royal and CHEO have seen a dramatic increase in children and youth seeking help, and in the severity of mental illness. Dr. Smita Thatte, Director of The Royal’s Youth Psychiatry Program and Dr. Hazen Gandy, Division Chief of Community-Based Psychiatric Services at CHEO, will talk about the differences in the mental health of children and youth today, what that means for parents, potential warning signs, and how parents can support their kids. OCDSB psychologist Dr Timothy Hogan will provide an overview of OCDSB policies and resources relating to child and youth mental health.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Sir Robert Borden High School Auditorium

131 Greenbank Road, Nepean.

No registration required – no cost to attend

FREE parking

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Members of the panel will include:

Dr. Smita Thatte

Dr. Smita Thatte is a Clinical Director of the Youth Psychiatry Program at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Psychiatry and has completed her subspecialty training and has obtained her Royal College Subspecialty Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She has been working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist since 1991. Currently she is working as the Unit Director of the Youth Partial Hospitalization program in Youth Psychiatry, as well as remaining as an active member of the teaching faculty at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Hazen Gandy

Dr. Gandy is the Division Chief of Community-Based Psychiatric Services at CHEO. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Medical Director of CHEO’s Child and Youth Telemental Health Service. He has worked in most of the mental health services offered by CHEO over the past 20 years.