Media Advisory - Joint George Brown College-CAMH Conference to explore links between youth violence and mental health

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Youth violence does not begin with violent
incidents, but is a problem that grows over time. Inadequate housing,
underemployment, lack of positive role models and community disorganization
are some factors that contribute to youth violence, and sadly, are all too
common in urban centres. As incidences of violence involving youth seem to be
growing, community involvement and discussion to address these concerns is
badly needed.
    To address these issues, and explore the possible links between youth
violence and mental health issues, George Brown College's Ninth Annual Mental
Health Conference, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health (CAMH), will bring together leading educators and health service
providers to look past the headlines on gangs and guns and consider other
sources of youth violence.

    WHAT:     9TH Annual George Brown Mental Health Conference in partnership
              with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This
              year, public health officials and educators will be exploring
              the roots of youth violence and possible links to mental

    WHERE:    George Brown College, Financial Services Building
              290 Adelaide St. East, Room 406, only accessible through
              300 Adelaide St. East

    WHEN:     Wednesday, February 27
              9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    WHO:      The following youth panelists are available for interviews:

              LaToya Rodney - From multiple school expulsions, to joining a
              gang and going to jail, LaToya knows first-hand the dangerous
              path some youth may follow. Only after the death of one brother
              and the violent shooting of another did she see that she needed
              to make a change. A mother who now works on a career in music,
              she is a role model for kids who want to break the cycle of

              Rahel Appiagyei - A proud member of the Jane and Finch
              community, Rahel has worked with neighbourhood organizations
              such as the Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Clubs and Conflict
              Mediation Services of Downsview. Rahel has earned numerous
              awards for her work in her community including recognition from
              Flare Magazine and CIBC.

              Natalie Crooks - With a passion for working with children and
              adolescents from strained socioeconomic families, Natalie has
              had the opportunity to work with several community agencies.
              Through her work, she has implemented youth programming in the
              areas of life skills, healthy sexuality and anti-racist

              Lekan Olawoye - Having grown up in the Jamestown community,
              Lekan has worked as a facilitator for Toronto Community Housing
              and currently coordinates the Rexdale Involve Youth Project.
              Lekan believes that he and other like-minded youth have the
              power make change if given the opportunity, and is committed to
              fighting the injustices that plague both Toronto and the larger
              Canadian system.

              A complete list of panellists and presenters is available at

    About CAMH

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's
leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH
combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, prevention
and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental
health and addiction issues.
    CAMH is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Collaborating Centre, and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

    About George Brown College

    Established in 1967, George Brown's (GBC) three campuses are located in
downtown Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. With more than
15,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, GBC is one
of Ontario's fastest growing colleges. GBC offers more than 150 programs
ranging from one-year certificates to four-year bachelor's degrees. In
addition, over 60,000 continuing education students are enrolled in more than
1,300 courses.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH, (416)
595-6015; Paul Zanettos, Media Relations, George Brown College, (416)

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