January 23rd, 2020
New Maryland Centre
New Maryland

Over the last decade, there has been increasing awareness around mental health and its importance, but what are the links between mental health and the environment? What are the implications for children and youth?

The environment affects children’s mental health in many ways. Contaminants in the air, water, soil, food, and household products can interfere biochemically and neurologically with mental health. Climate stress and eco-anxiety are on the rise, particularly among children and youth, who are concerned about their future. On the positive side, evidence is building to show that exposure to nature and outdoor play has positive benefits to children’s mental health. On the whole, the environment & mental health is a multi-faceted and emerging area of study, one that is worthwhile to dive into!

You might be wondering:
  • How can we alleviate children’s worries and anxiety around climate change? 
  • In what ways to contaminants affect children’s mental health and how can these impacts be reduced?
  • How does outdoor play benefit children and how can we remove barriers that prevent them from going outside?

Join us on January 23rd to explore these questions and take part in a day filled with interesting presentations, useful workshops, tools, strategies and networking!

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8:30 Registration and networking  
9:00 Introduction Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
9:10 Update from the Children's Environmental Health Collaborative's Teams and Steering Committee, ECHO Network and Environmental Rights Caucus Barbara MacKinnon, New Brunswick Lung Association
Céline Surette, Université de Moncton
Liz Smith, New Brunswick Lung Association
Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities
9:35 Workshop: Dealing with Eco-anxiety in the Face of Climate Change Marie Reinsborough and Krista Royama, Iris Community Counselling
10:35 Break  
10:50 Contaminant Exposure and Mental Health in Children Dr. Cathy Vaillancourt, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
11:30 Wonder and Adventure: How Outdoor Play Benefits Children's Mental Health Jonna Karhunen, Learning Outside
12:10 Lunch  
1:00 Workshop: Children's Mental Health Indicators in New Brunswick Dr. Céline Surette et Hara Saadia, Université de Moncton
2:00 Break  
2:20 Success Stories: Panel Discussion

Jeannie Bartibogue, Eelground Health Centre
Paula Wood & Jessica Lee, Fredericton Family Resource Centre
Laure Bourdon, ACCESS Open minds

3:00 Working Together and Moving Forward  
3:45 Wrap up Barbara MacKinnon, New Brunswick Lung Association
Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
4:00 Closing  

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