With your support, kids like James are able to get the help they need to have the fulfilling life they deserve.
Welcome to the first edition of The George Hull Centre (GHC) newsletter. We look forward to sharing stories about the work we do, offering information on children's mental health, and inviting you to our events as we provide hope and healing to children, youth and their families.
Fun Friends Program
At the GHC, we offer a variety of group treatment programs for children and their parents. Fun Friends is a highly-effective anti-anxiety program designed to help children, ages 4 to 7 years, develop healthy coping strategies that will result in improved emotional functioning. Research shows that 80% of children showing signs of an anxiety disorder no longer displayed those symptoms after completing a Fun Friends program.
Seven year old Jack has always been a little anxious, but eventually his anxiety became overwhelming for him and his parents. He would get fidgety in class and constantly worry about things like thunderstorms, and doing things on his own. He did not sleep well. In school he often burst into tears when the anxiety got the better of him. The parents were completely drained in their efforts to support him and unsure how to help their son.
By participating in our Fun Friends group, Jack was able to learn the difference between green thoughts (helpful thoughts) and red thoughts (unhelpful thoughts). He learned coping skills such as deep "milkshake" breathing, and breaking down problems into manageable parts. His parents also got support from a therapist at the Centre to learn how to help Jack increase tolerance in new situations. The therapist worked with the parents to take Jack on field trips – to unknown places to practice his new skills with support. The therapist also helped the parents look at how Jack’s anxiety triggered their own anxious responses, how those responses escalated Jack’s anxiety, and how to respond in more helpful ways.
Because of Fun Friends, today Jack is much calmer, more confident and able to handle the things that other 7 year old kids can.
Laugh Out Loud 2016!
Now in its 9th year, LOL 2016 promises to be the best yet! Comedic duo Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath are our hosts, and Jessica Holmes the hull-arious headliner! Join us for an evening of fun and laughter, enjoy cocktails and delectable food, tap your toes to a live band, and bid on enticing auction items, all in support of children’s mental health. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit georgehullcentre.on.ca/lol
Mental Health Facts
• Up to 70 per cent of young adults living with mental health problems report that the symptoms started in childhood. • One in four children or youth with a mental illness receive treatment. • When children and youth don’t get the help they need, they can turn to drugs and alcohol, drop out of school, join gangs, withdraw into silence, or become suicidal.
The George Hull Centre for Children and Families 81 The East Mall Toronto, Ontario | M8Z 5W3 Tel. 416-622-8833 x 229 Fax. 416-622-7068 www.georgehullcentre.on.ca