Beyond Building Blocks: Investing in the lifelong mental health of Ontario’s 3-6 year olds

Last modified by Paula Robeson on 2020/05/08 18:01

In this webinar, participants will hear about a partnership between the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre), Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) and School Mental Health Ontario (SMH Ontario) advance the lifelong mental health of Ontario’s children and youth by starting in the earliest years. First, we will describe findings from our policy paper that that explores what we know about the development of early mental health between the years of three and six. We summarize best practices related to how early mental health can be promoted, how to respond when concerns arise, and what strategies or models of response are used by professionals and which are shown to be most effective. Second, we discuss work that is currently underway to advance two recommendations from this policy paper: to strengthen infant and early mental health knowledge across sectors; and to create evidence-based care pathways in communities across the province, focused on ensuring that children from birth to six receive the right mental health supports in a timely, accessible way that engages early learning and care providers, educators and other professionals.  This webinar will be of interest to front-line service providers, middle managers, senior leaders, policy makers, patient/family partners, and researchers.

Participants will: 

  • Learn about the foundational elements of infant and early mental health
  • Hear how communities are working together across sectors to support infant and early mental health in collaborative, timely and relevant ways

When promoting this webinar via twitter, please use

@CYMH_ON @IMH_Promotion @purnimasunda @ChildHealthCan

web_purnima_2019.jpgPurnima Sundar, PhD, is the Executive Director (Acting) at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. She has over 20 years of experience doing community-based, participatory action research, evaluation and implementation in the areas of health, mental health and race/equity. Purnima’s training has been in the fields of psychology and social work, with a focus on community development and social planning. Since joining the Centre in 2008, Purnima has worked with government partners across ministries, agency leaders, and young people and their families across the province to mobilize knowledge and ensure high quality, evidence-based mental health service delivery for Ontario’s children and youth. @purnimasundar, @CYMH_ON

Chaya_Kulkarni_Photo.jpgChaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed., EdD, is the Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) at The Hospital for Sick Children, a national organization which aims to improve outcomes across the lifespan through translating and promoting the science of early mental health into practice with families during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. Chaya is also an adviser to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee at the Ontario Centre of Excellence on Child & Youth Mental Health, and a member of the Board at Family Day Care Services. Prior to joining IMHP, Chaya was VP, Parent and Professional Education at Invest in Kids, and has also served as Senior Policy Analyst and Researcher for the Office of the Official Opposition, Queen’s Park. @IMH_Promotion

Created by Paula Robeson on 2020/01/13 17:55