Every Mind Matters Newsletter


Team member spotlight: Kevin Prada

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Dear Psychology,

February is Psychology Month and we celebrate the contributions of the many leading Canadian psychologists who support our organization and who have provided their expertise and time to promoting the mental well-being of children, youth, and their families.

February is also Black History Month and we honour the influence and leadership of many who have shaped our programs to ensure we support and promote mental well-being with Black youth.

Please join us in celebrating by reading on.

Thanks to leading Canadian Psychologists millions of children and youth have gained crucial coping skills

For close to 50 years, we have been fortunate to have the support from hundreds of leading Canadian Psychologists who have donated their time to develop our evidence-based programs and resources that nurture resilience in children and youth. Thanks to our vast network of Psychologists, Canadian families can easily access various resources that support and promote their mental health. One of those resources is our Wellness Webinar series, in which our psychologists are making an impact. Thank you!

Hosted by Dr. Mary Motz : "Supporting Secure Attachment and Positive Parent-Child Relationships."

Hosted by Dr. Chantal Regis, Dr. Michael Saxton and three members of our Youth Advisory Council Jadah, Joelle, and Daniella: "Supporting Teen Resilience: What Adults Need To Know." 

Hosted by: Dr. Audrey-Ann Deneault: "Fathers are parents too, and they matter for children’s development."

Getting to know psychology student Kevin Prada

Kevin was the first recipient of our Judy Hills Award that provides internship opportunities for under-grad psychology students. Since then, Kevin has continued to work with us to promote our crucial programs and resources in his province of Manitoba.

This year the Canadian Psychological Association is profiling Kevin, highlighting the amazing things he is working on outside the classroom. Please check out his profile and our interview where he shares his passion for psychology.

Promoting the mental well-being of Black students by addressing stress and racism

Thanks to Trustee Dr. Kofi-Len Belfon who organized a consultation with key Black leaders within the Toronto District School Board. Together we set off on a journey to review our five stress management programs and resources to ensure our programs are helpful to Black youth and have the inclusion to support the diversity of all Canadian children. Enlisting the support from the Mosaic Institute and Dr. Robin Alter, Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Dr. Marie Josée Gendron and Dr. Maria Kokai; we have enhanced our programs and are poised to launch two modules to help educators acknowledge the systemic barriers, like racism, that might contribute to students' stressors.

Hundreds of children benefitting from our

evidence-based stress management programs

500 children ready to bust their stress!

We have just begun our first cohort of Stress Busters sessions in 2023 where close to 500 children will be joining us for eight weeks to learn about stress and stress management. We are also excited that one of these sessions will be in-person, our first with this program! We are grateful to The Quinn Family Futures Foundation and The Gordon and Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation for their support.

If you are interested in bringing this program to your community, please contact Pamela Sariyannis, Senior Coordinator of Programs and Community Partnerships.

Mentors ready to help their mentees with stress management

Thanks to the generosity of Bell Let’s Talk, we are providing training on our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs to 240 Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, mentors, parents, and caregivers in the Colchester, Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton, and Windsor Essex communities. This is in addition to the 240 Stress Busters Activity Books we sent in 2022 to the children served by these BBBS agencies.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for your commitment to promoting mental health with children and youth

  The Gordon & Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation

A big thank you to The Gordon & Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation for your continued support. Their generous gift will allow 375 at-risk youth to participate in Stress Busters, and will help us deliver our Kids Have Stress Too! program to more than 8,500 students in at-risk neighborhoods.

Hodgson Family Foundation

We are so thankful to the Hodgson Family Foundation for their contribution. Their gift will allow us to provide 200 parents/caregivers of infants with our Make the Connection Parent Program to help them build a secure attachment with their children and give them the best possible start in life.

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Welcome back to RBC Future Launch who is helping us to continue to amplify the reach and impact of our Stress Lessons program. With their support, we will deliver the program to more than 25,000 new 15-17 years old; and adapt the program into a peer to peer format for secondary students. In addition, the program will be adapted into an app, making delivery and learning seamless and modern for both teachers and students.

What's New

See our Public Service Announcement in Cineplex theatres this February!

Thanks to the support of Cineplex, our newly created public service announcement will be airing in its theatres across Canada this February as part of its Pre Show. We are grateful for this opportunity to bring awareness of our organization and cause to families in Canada. 

Welcome Lanaya our Winter/Spring Judy Hills Award Winner

Congratulations Lanaya for being the recipient of our Judy Hills Internship Award - Winter/Spring Term 2023. This is a paid internship for undergraduate students majoring in psychology. We look forward to working with you! Learn more about her here.

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