Record turnout for BVG Speaker Series
With stories of struggle and hope, Dr. Silvia Bernardini shared her expertise on the topic of anxiety and depression in youth. BVG is proud to host leading industry experts to discuss topics that are timely and relevant to our community. Dr. Bernardini is a registered clinical child and adolescent psychologist. She discussed the differences between normal anxiety and sadness versus anxiety disorder and depression. She told the audience that mental health is measured by how well we manage the everyday parts of our lives, how well we deal with stress and how well we connect with others.
•In Ontario, 20% of children < 19 years have significant mental health problems
•40% have more than one disorder
•1 in 5 teenagers will have experienced a major depressive episode before leaving high school
•Historically 75% don’t get help
•Earlier intervention prevents long-term negative outcomes
Suggetions on how to help:
•Privately – “I have noticed…..”
•Listen and offer support
•I’m happy you are sharing this with me - LISTEN
•How can I help?
•What are the parts that we can manage/deal with?
Always take their concerns and worries seriously
Do not tell your child to “get over it”; “snap out of it”; “suck it up”, “grow up”
Anxiety BC website - www.anxietybc.com
Youth anxiety/depression treatment guideline algorithm - www.bcguidelines.ca/gpac/guideline_depressyouth.html#algorithm
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - www.aacap.org
Teen Mental Health - www.teenmentalhealth.org