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Youth Mental Wellness 

The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is focused on healthy living and understands its role as a community based partner in bringing together groups in the community to tackle community problems.   In the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor plan , healthcare education is an identified priority.   Youth mental health has been identified as an important local issue by the medical community and the importance of community engagement cannot be understated.

The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor partnered with the Medical Staff Association of the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre (CNRHC) and Central Health to deliver a series of events focused on youth mental health learning and collaboration.  

Youth Mental Health, Local Perspectives Conference  
Friday October 19, 2018


Assessment and Management of Depression in Children and Youth in Community Based Practice

Dr. Margaret Steele, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University


Community Collaborative Presentation  Dr. Lynette Powell/Keith Adey

Addictions; Local Perspective  Dr. Kris Luscombe

The Helping Journey: Building LGBT-Q Support and Inclusion in your Organization

Janine Taylor-Cutting

Youth Mental Health Services Primary Care Initiative

Central Newfoundland Regional Health Care Authority in collaboration with The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor


Youth Mental Health Resiliency Conference

April 30-May 1, 2017



Dr. Ungar spoke at a  public education session for parents, caregivers, community leaders, and youth learn about the role of resilience in the mental health and well being in our youth. This event was held at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts.

As the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie

University, as well as a family therapist, he has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress.


As part of an ongoing community engagement around youth mental health, Dr Ungar presented a work-shop to essential community stakeholders involved with our youth including educators, mental health workers, physicians, RCMP, CYFS, Community NGO’s, and church youth community group leaders. The goal is to provide these essential workers with enhanced tools and understanding when working with at risk youth.


Grand Falls-Windsor Youth Mental Health
Collaborative Conference,  April 28-29th, 2016



Based on recommendations in the GFW Youth Mental Health Action Plan, it was identified, there is need to bring stakeholders together for education around youth mental health.

Work done in British Columbia by the Practice Services Program (PSP) in community collaboratives as a potential model.  (, was identified.  

The Town in partnership with the Medical Staff of the CNRHC  hosted a team from BC to work with local stakeholders in a two day workshop.  First to educate local stakeholders and second, explore whether a model such as the BC model, which has been used in rural communities like GFW, can be adapted by our community for improved collaboration.

This event allowed youth mental health stakeholders to explore work being done by the Child Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) collaborative in British Columbia. The BC partners shared shared knowledge and experiences on how they are tackling issues associated with youth mental health in that province with groups in Grand Falls-Windsor NL.

This event was a direct action of the Grand Falls-Windsor Adolescent/Youth Mental Health Crisis Conference held in 2015 which focused on a community based approach tackling serious issues regarding adolescent/youth mental health in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Youth Mental Health Crisis Conference, April 24, 2015


The Medical Staff of the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre,(CNRHC), in partnership with the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor hosted a one day conference focusing on a community based approach to tackling serious issues regarding adolescent/youth mental health in the community.  The event was a collaboration of stakeholders of medical staff, community mental health workers, educators, community organizations and volunteers, RCMP,  and Child Youth and Family Services.



This one day event had three objectives:

  • Identify current barriers to service access.

  • Bring forward current models that exist in other communities which have shown great success in engaging youths to seek and obtain care for mental health issues.

  • Define steps to develop an action plan.

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