Kinark kicks off Children's Mental Health Week with Interactive Facebook event

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MARKHAM, ON, April 28 /CNW/ - Kinark Child and Family Services - in conjunction with Children's Mental Health Week May 1 to 8, 2011 - is pleased to announce they will be hosting Ask the Experts, a special Facebook event designed to increase conversation about child and youth mental health.

"It is important to talk openly about child and youth mental health to build awareness, reduce stigma and support our children, youth and their families," says Peter Moore, Executive Director. "Through the direct access that Facebook offers, it is our hope that providing the public with an opportunity to connect immediately with our experts will encourage discussion and shed some light on children's mental health issues."

From Monday to Thursday during Children's Mental Health Week, a different expert will lead a one-hour, question and answer-style discussion on the wall of the Kinark Child and Family Services Facebook Page. The four experts will be ready to answer questions on their specific topics from anyone and everyone who is signed on to Facebook and "likes" the Kinark page.

WHO:

    Executive Director, Peter Moore; Director of Clinical Services,                    
Dr. Rod Evans; Executive Director at Parents for Children's Mental Health,                    
Sarah Cannon; and former Kinark youth, Jessica Vallentyne Clements.
       
WHEN: 


    May 2 - Stigma - 12 - 1 p.m.                   
May 3 - Teen Suicide - 12 - 1 p.m.                   
May 4 - Child and Youth Mental Health, Parent Perspective - 12 - 1 p.m.                   
May 5 - Child and Youth Mental Health, Youth Perspective - 9 - 10 p.m.
       
WHERE:      The Wall, Kinark Child and Family Services Facebook Page.
       
WHY:      To increase conversation with the intention of eliminating the stigma surrounding  child and youth mental health, to  promote awareness for Children's Mental Health Week, and to reach parents and youth in a unique and innovative way through social media.

Members of the media are advised that Executive Director, Peter Moore, is available for comment throughout the week.

ABOUT KINARK
Kinark Child and Family Services is the largest children's mental health organization in Ontario, providing expert help to children and youth, their families and communities.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: Photos accompanying this social media release are available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE Kinark Child and Family Services

For further information:

Tracy Folkes Hanson
Director, Communications
T: 905-944-7077
C: 647-402-6057
Tracy.folkeshanson@kinark.on.ca

Ashley Smith 
Online Communications Specialist
T: 905-474-9595 Ext. 428
C: 416-817-5659
Ashley.smith@kinark.on.ca

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