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Children and youth mental health and wellness fair Wednesday at John McInnis Centre

Prince George and region community service providers are coming together again to provide direct information in one place for families during at a Children and Youth Mental Health and Wellness Fair Wednesday afternoon.

As families have become more settled in the new school year caregivers of students will start to notice when things may not be going as well as expected around this time of year. Local community service providers, like Intersect Youth and Family Services notice there are more inquiries in October than at any other time of year.

“Families often don’t know where to turn for immediate support for mental health and wellness support,” said Laura Weller, Chair of the District Parent Advisory Council. “We are hoping by bringing all these service providers to one place families can easily identify what is available immediately and long term to help their children cope with the pressures in school and beyond.”

The event is taking place at the John McInnis Centre gym at 3400 Westwood Drive from 2-6:30 p.m. and will feature 20 organizations that have programs supporting youth and children in multiple areas and in any situation.

“It’s important to remember that parents and families are not alone, even if it feels like it,” said Weller. “We need to connect with each other to support the wellbeing of our children and these organizations can help create Plans A through Z to get through a problem. Often parents only know a limited number of kids and not the wide variety that service providers have seen so the service providers can identify if there is something happening beyond what may look like ‘typical’ development stages.”

In addition to Intersect, families can connect with representatives the local branches of Northern Health, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the YMCA, Carrier Sekani Family Services, AiMHI Family Support & Life Skills, PG Hospice Grief Support, Foundry, Elizabeth Fry Society, We Matter, PG Public Library, PG Sexual Assault Centre, PG Native Friendship Centre, Sources Community Resources, Northern BC Crisis Center, PG Brain Injured Group, Family Smart, School District 57, and District Parent Advisory Council.

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