Teen Mental Health Discussion

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Date(s) - Wednesday, September 20, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital


Hospital Launches Teen Mental Health Discussion

Earlier this year the Netflix drama, 13 Reasons Why, gripped the world with its compelling portrayal of teen mental illness, self-harm and suicide. The series has polarized public and expert opinion about its portrayal of teens and mental health. But there’s no denying that it has sparked a deep and far-reaching conversation about adolescent mental health.

Halton Healthcare is building on that conversation. With the first season of the show complete, Halton Healthcare’s Dr Jeremy Butler and team have launched an interactive discussion of teen mental health. Called ‘Understanding Teens in the Age of 13 Reasons Why,’ the event features a presentation by Butler followed by a Q&A session.

Butler, who is the lead psychiatrist at the hospital’s Emergency Mental Health Service, says the timing is right to build on the interest the series provoked. “The show brought teen mental health out into the open for families and the public at large. It may have helped to reduce stigma attached to it but has also muddied the conversation about what mental illness is,” Butler explains, “we can use the show as jumping off point for a frank conversation with youth, parents and the community, to improve understanding, reduce stigma and build better supports for teens and their families.”

The free event is being held at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital’s John Oliver auditorium on Wednesday, September 20 from 6pm to 8pm. Call 905-845-2571 x. 4593 or email familyedinfo@haltonhealthcare.com for more information.

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