Ungar is Dalhousie University’s Canada Research chair for Child, Family and Community Resilience. The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor hosted the event in partnership with the medical staff of the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre (CNRHC).
“There is a bunch of things kids need,” said Ungar. “Structure, consequences, relationships, identity control… if you begin to give these things in combination to kids, you make them more able to withstand stress when it happens.”
Ungar’s visit also included a public presentation for residents at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts on April 30. The event was free to the public and also focused on building resilience in youth. The town hopes the session will provide evidence-informed strategies for healthcare professionals, educators and community volunteers. The ultimate goal is to build the community and better deal with youth mental health issues, according to Mayor Barry Manuel.
“As a council we have a big role to play in the health and wellness of our citizens,” said Manuel in a press release. “This is the third year in a row that we have worked with the medical staff of the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre to bring education to front line workers and volunteers in our town to help young people and their families.”
The event also acted as a gathering place for health care professionals. The building of relationships and expansion of ideas is an integral part creating a health care system capable of meeting stakeholders needs, according to Lorelei Kelly, Clinical Social Worker with the Hope Valley Treatment Centre.
“Any kind of event that can be brought to the community and get all the service provides together to network is great for all the people of Grand Falls-Windsor,” said Kelly. “I think it’s phenomenal.”