Media Advisory - Minister of Children and Youth Services Laurel Broten and
Child Development Institute to launch www.howtochill.ca

A self-care tool for at-risk girls

TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Minister of Children and Youth Services Laurel Broten will visit Child Development Institute, a 100-year-old community service agency in central Toronto to launch a unique, web-based approach to addressing emerging issues in the Children and Youth Mental Health sector.

Child Development Institute has developed HowToChill.ca with funding from the Government of Ontario. The project leverages CDI's renowned SNAP(R) (Stop Now and Plan) model to reach potentially thousands of at-risk girls at an early stage. Left untreated, early problems such as anxiety, stress, and depression may contribute to long-term, pervasive mental health problems.

    
    When:     Wednesday, June 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
              Remarks & demonstration 3:15 to 3:45.
    Where:    197 Euclid Avenue, Toronto
    What:     website launch & demonstration

    Also present at the launch will be:
        -  Tony Diniz, Executive Director, Child Development Institute
        -  Dr. Leena Augimeri, Director of Program Development and the Centre
           for Children Committing Offences, Child Development Institute
        -  Dr. Debra J. Pepler, Distinguished Research Professor of
           Psychology at the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and
           Conflict Resolution, York University
        -  Erin Rajca, HowToChill.ca Project Manager
    

Some of the girls and their parents will be available to speak with media.

Child Development Institute has more than ten locations in Toronto, providing programs for early learning, children's mental health intervention, and services for children who have suffered family violence and sexual abuse. CDI serves more than 4,000 children each year in Toronto and its award-winning model programs are replicated across Canada and internationally. CDI's research is leading new approaches to children's development and well-being. For additional information, please visit www.childdevelop.ca.

SOURCE CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Nancy Bennett, Director of Development & Communications, nbennett@childdevelop.ca, (416) 603-1827 x 2276, cell (416) 435-7918

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