Press Releases 2022
TORONTO, September 2022 - Building Resilience for Back to School and Beyond Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada’s new Zen Garden App and Resiliency Quiz helps teens handle life’s ups and downs.
Back to School is long known to be an especially stressful time of transition for teens. And this year, in light of living through the pandemic, teen worries about lagging academically or reconnecting with friends may be heightened even more as they head back to class. Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada (SMSKPC), a national charity dedicated to helping children and teens become more resilient, has developed two new interactive evidence-based resilience tools to help teens aged 13-17 build the mental strength to handle these stressors and any other curves that life throws. Read full release.
Press Releases 2021
Toronto, November 15, 2021-Platinum-selling CCMA and Juno award winner Brett Kissel and best-selling author and international speaker Dr. Natasha Williams to be featured at 17th Annual Breakfast for Champions
Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada (SMSKPC) is hosting their 17th Annual Breakfast for Champions on November 30, 2021 to raise funds to develop and deliver their crucial psychology-based programs and resources that nurture resilience in children. This year, CCMA and Juno award winner Brett Kissel will be performing, and best-selling author and international speaker Dr. Natasha Williams will be delivering a keynote on using resilience beyond survival. Read full release.
Toronto, March 29, 2021- Ontario elementary school students to benefit from stress management resource thanks to partnership with Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada and School Mental Health Ontario. Student support staff across Ontario will be trained on critical Kids Have Stress Too! program that will help elementary school students to identify and manage their stress.
Starting today, Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada will begin to train upwards of 1,400 Ontario student support staff on their evidence-informed Kids Have Stress Too! resource which is designed to help students to identify and manage their stress while providing crucial coping skills to last a lifetime. Thanks to commitment from School Mental Health Ontario, all student support staff will be provided with the opportunity to access Kids Have Stress Too! resources and training giving them the knowledge and tools to promote mental well-being with students throughout Ontario. Read full release.
Press Releases 2020
TORONTO, November 5, 2020- Today, “Strong Minds Strong Kids Psychology Canada” (SMSK) unveiled its refreshed brand identity and purpose to nurture resilience in children. The charity, supported by leading Canadian psychologists, will deliver psychological knowledge, expertise, tools and resources to 1,000,000 children in Canada in 2021. See full Press Release
TORONTO, October 29, 2020 – The Psychology Foundation of Canada receives an $18,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to help children and families in Calgary build core coping skills to promote their mental well-being The Psychology Foundation of Canada is pleased to receive an $18,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons training for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary (BBBS Calgary) staff, mentors and families to help prevent and mitigate mental health issues for youth facing adversities in the Calgary area. Full release.
TORONTO, February 20th, 2020 – MAKE THE CONNECTION 0-3 ELEARNING COURSE LAUNCHES TODAY giving access to VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES ON CRUCIAL INFANT ATTACHMENT INFORMATION. The most rapid period of brain development is the first three years of life and neuroscience research indicates that it is the parent-child attachment relationship that is essential for healthy brain development. The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) has created Make the Connection 0-3 eLearning Course to ensure that every family has access to attachment-promoting activities that will be particularly useful for parents or primary caregivers that may be at risk for a poor attachment.
TORONTO, June 3, 2019 – 24/7 THE WORKING PARENT RESOURCE LAUNCHES TODAY TO SUPPORT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH OF CANADIAN PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN. Canadian parents are feeling most challenged by juggling daily routines, finding quality time with their children and time for self-care, according to a survey of more than 1,000 working parents by The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC). To address this important issue, PFC with support from Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, launches a new resource today: 24/7 The Working Parent, to support the psychological health of Canadian working parents and their children. Click below for full release.
Toronto (April 10, 2018) – In recognition of ERDI being a catalyst of mental health promotion with students across Canada, Dr. Robin Alter, Co-Chair of the Kids Have Stress Too! and past Board of Trustee at The Psychology Foundation of Canada, awarded ERDI on April 6th with a plaque honouring their leadership, advice and support to address the mental health needs of school communities. With expertise and direction from ERDI over 34,000 stress lessons guides have been used by Canadian educators impacting over 3.4 million students with an evidence-based stress management and resiliency building program.
Toronto (January 29, 2018) – Stressed out high schoolers lead The Psychology Foundation of Canada to develop resiliency building stress management resource. Many Canadian teens are stressed; helping them recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and identify and implement coping and problem-solving strategies is key to building resilience. This is the premise and focus behind The Psychology Foundation of Canada’s new resource: Stress Lessons: Tools for Resiliency. Full of psychologically-sound strategies and tools, this resource will help teens develop resilience and positive coping skills, and includes components for teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and caregivers. Attached is the full press release.
Toronto (December 6, 2017) - The Psychology Foundation of Canada Recognizes CIBC Children’s Foundation For Ongoing Support of Mental Health Education. Decade-long commitment has supported national mental health promotion to improve the lives of almost 8 million children and families.
The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC), with the support of corporate partners, has been helping Canadian children and their families optimize their mental health for more than 40 years. In recognition of CIBC Children’s Foundation’s decade-long commitment to improving the lives of children, Harriet Lewis, President, Board of Trustees at The Psychology Foundation of Canada, and students from St. Jude Elementary School are pleased to award CIBC with a plaque honouring their support of The Psychology Foundation of Canada. The continued commitment from the CIBC Children’s Foundation makes it possible for students from St. Jude Elementary School and nearly 8 million other children and their families to access effective programs including Make the Connection and Kids Have Stress Too!®. Click below for full press release.
Toronto (November 29, 2017) – Work your body to optimize your mind. Bestselling author Dr. John Ratey speaks at 13th annual Breakfast for Champions raising funds for mental health promotion with children and youth.
Dr. John Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry, addressed close to 450 leaders in business, psychology, public health, social services, educational and other child-serving organizations on the link between physical fitness and mental wellness. Dr. Ratey was a guest speaker at the 13th Annual Breakfast for Champions which is The Psychology Foundation of Canada’s premiere fundraiser. Click below for full press release.
Toronto (August 31, 2017) – 4 signs and symptoms a child is stressed out not acting out. Significant adults in a child’s life key to stress management.
Helping children recognize four signs and symptoms of their own stress is key to helping them become confident and productive adults, according to experts at The Psychology Foundation of Canada. Back-to-school is filled with increased excitement and challenges for children and with some kids jam-packed with uncharacteristic behaviours too. Adults are pivotal in working with children to adopt strategies that enable them to manage the inevitable highs and lows of a new school year. Click below for full press release.
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