On October 23, the Socially and Emotionally Aware Kids (SEAK) Initiative and the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities, Inc. (ASI) will present a joint session during the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) National Conference, Mental Health for All, to be held in Montreal October 22-24. Kate Tilleczek, Brandi Bell and Pamela Magee will present on “Regional Scale-up of Social and Emotional Learning – A Policy Activism” on behalf of the SEAK Project. The Quaich President and ASI Coordinator, Patsy Beattie-Huggan, will present on “Call to Action for Promoting Child and Youth Mental Health”, the process of developing and mobilizing the Call to Action developed at ASI 2017.
The SEAK Initiative is a collaborative interprovincial project of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces, with the aim to scale-up Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the region. ASI is a bilingual, not-for-profit organization established in 2003, that convenes convenes community groups, educators, health practitioners and researchers, government representatives, parents, caregivers, and youth to collaborate on Atlantic regional issues.
Given the pressing need for investment upstream in child and youth mental health promotion the SEAK initiative, led by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Nova Scotia Division, approached ASI to enter into partnership to address the way public policy and programs promote social and emotional learning and child and youth mental health. Since 2015, ASI has worked with SEAK and other partners to provide an Atlantic platform for inter-sectoral collaboration to promote child and youth mental health in the Region. This work has drawn national and international interest and an invitation to present the work at national fora.
Patsy is excited about this upcoming opportunity to present at the national level, sharing the Atlantic Canadian experience of mobilization with engaged partners, and consulting with conference registrants from across the country as ASI moves forward in the process.