OTTAWA, September 23, 2019 — As part of its ongoing Mind Matters series, the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is hosting a breakfast presentation for parents and caregivers to help explain the teenage brain. Hearing both from experts in the field of youth mental health and from a parent with lived experience, we will help parents and caregivers prepare to deal with whatever situation might arise between them and the youth in their lives.


Topics will include the basics of how the brain develops during adolescence, as well as the impacts of mental health, depression, anxiety, stress, and substance use on the teenage brain.


Interview and photo opportunities


WHAT:                   A conversation about youth mental health


WHEN:                  Tuesday, September 24, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.


WHERE:                Grounded Kitchen (100 Gloucester St)


WHO:                    Dr. Hazen Gandy, psychiatrist, CHEO and University of Ottawa

Kim Cluff, YSB youth mental health counselor

Hilary Allen, parent


Mind Matters

The Mind Matters event series provides practical youth mental health information and guidance to parents, family members, educators, and the community. The goal of the series is to share experiences and learnings, and to understand strategies to foster healthy, resilient young people.


About the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

YSB is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving youth in Ottawa. It offers more than 30 programs and serves 3,000 youth and families every month in the areas of youth engagement, housing and homelessness, mental health, youth justice, and employment.


For more information or to arrange an interview:

Suzanne Fraser

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