Hear My Voice, Laugh Out Loud 2018 and more
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The George

Issue 7 February 6, 2018
A Message from our Executive Director
The George Hull Centre was a busy place in 2017! Our priority, as always, is to ensure that children and their families receive the best mental health treatment possible – treatment that is effective and timely. To accomplish this, we have embarked on a great deal of training.
This past year, our staff were instructed in dyadic developmental psychotherapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, Triple P Parenting, infant mental health, walk-in service, and trauma screening, assessment and treatment. We are committed to the families we serve and our staff are continually strengthening our skills to deliver leading edge treatment and services that make a difference.

In response to community need, we also offered a number of new clinical programs at the Centre in 2017 which have been very well received: Fun Friends and Friends summer camp programs; Hear My Voice selective mutism group; Right Help, Right Now 0-6 Consultation Service; DBT Teen Talk; Look at Me, Look at Us; Watch, Wait and Wonder Group; as well as developmental consultations with Dr. Sabine George, a developmental paediatrician. Dr. Jim Worling, internationally renowned psychologist and expert in trauma, also joined the Centre as a consultant this year. We also added a new Group Treatment Room to increase our capacity for program delivery and training.

We recently embarked on a new three-year strategic plan, and identified four priorities in which to focus our efforts: technology, measuring outcomes, marketing and diversity. This strategic plan is our roadmap to continue building The George Hull Centre as a centre of excellence that delivers accessible, flexible and responsive continuum of mental health services to our community.

This is just a small sampling of what we were up to last year. The new year promises to be just as exciting as we help children and families achieve mental wellness.
Susan Chamberlain, MSW, RSW
Executive Director
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Selective Mutism Group
“At home Lily is chatty, sings and dances with glee. She's full of life and lets her voice be heard; when she's upset with her brother, she isn't afraid to yell. But the minute we step outside our home Lily becomes shy, introverted, freezes with fear and will not talk to anyone - not relatives, friends, neighbours nor teachers.”
This description is one we often hear from parents who are seeking help for a child with Selective Mutism, an anxiety-based mental health condition characterized by a child’s fear of speaking in certain social situations. The anxiety these children feel robs them of the ability to approach classmates and make new friends, add their thoughts to a classroom discussion, or ask for help from a teacher if they were ever feeling unsafe. Lily was one such girl, and her parents came to us with their concerns.

The George Hull Centre has seen a steep increase in the number of children struggling with Selective Mutism. To address this need, we developed the Hear My Voice pilot group to provide children (4-7 years) a therapeutic, safe environment where they practice social pragmatics (e.g.: turn taking, interaction with peers, eye contact), haptics (experiencing touch through communication), choice making and ultimately finding their voice. Read more
Laugh Out Loud 2018
Join us on May 9th at our 11th annual fundraiser Laugh Out Loud (LOL) as we stand up for children’s mental health. LOL 2018 is set to be the most hilarious yet with Steve Patterson back again by popular demand and featuring Elvira Kurt as the evening’s Headliner, together with iconic singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy as our Musical Guest. Get all the scoop here. Last year we sold out well in advance – don’t miss your chance!
Community Events
Your Generous Gifts of Hope and Healing
Many thanks to the generous donors who supported GHC in our annual Holiday Appeal. Together you raised $53,000! These funds will have a significant impact on children and families by supporting programs such as our Nurturing Attachments Group, Fun Friends and Kindergarten Readiness as well as individual and family therapy and our Residential Treatment Programs. We were excited to launch our Gifts of Hope and Healing Guide as part of this appeal and hope it painted a fuller picture of the richness of our work to help children and families.
Family Room Makeover
Next time you are at the Centre be sure to visit our four Family Therapy Rooms that have been redecorated by award winning design firm Jane Lockhart Designs. It was a team effort by Jane and her staff, along with vendors, trades, film crews and suppliers all of whom generously donated their time, talent and treasure to completely transformed the rooms into warm, welcoming and safe spaces. Clients have expressed their enthusiasm, remarking that the rooms “make me happy” and that they “love the colour, layout and ‘home feeling’ it gives them.”
The whole process was featured on The Marilyn Denis Show on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Check it out! Many thanks to all the companies who generously donated to make the magic happen. View photos of the stunning transformation here!
Family Gift Match
“I am overwhelmed that there are such generous people in this world. Thank you for letting me give Christmas to my kids.”

Thanks to the generosity of many GHC friends, including the Grade 7 and 8 classes at Kingsway College School, 77 vulnerable families who receive service at the Centre experienced the joy of the holiday season.
Thank you KCS for your on-going support!
Boxes and bags filled our reception area with everything on families’ wish lists including socks, baby formula, a can opener, a sled, Lego and grocery gift cards. One donor provided the first and last month’s rent for a homeless youth; another bought a bed for a family where members were sleeping on the floor. Many donors contributed financially to allow us to purchase special necessities on behalf of for clients. Turkeys for 100 families were also donated and a load of toys from the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association. Special thanks to Audra Manning, Rick Davis and J’bai Deschamps for their roles in making the gift match such a success.
Unlocking the Power of Essentrics Energy
Combining the strengthening of ballet, rebalancing of tai-chi and healing of physiotherapy, Essentrics calms the mind and promotes self-acceptance. Essentrics trainer Josephine Cuthill generously opened her Riverdale studio to the girls at Libby’s Place residential program so they could experience the on-trend, full body fitness program. The classes allowed the girls to explore another element of mindfulness and added a new experience to their therapeutic programming.
GHC Leadership at the CMHO Conference

At the Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) annual conference, GHC’s Director of the Community Clinic, Leticia Gracia and Dr. Taylor Armstrong, staff psychiatrist, presented on supporting children and youth with complex trauma, while Kim Curran, Director of Prevention and Early Intervention Services and Anna Rupert, Manager, Preschool Speech & Language Program, did a poster presentation on the impact of the Centre’s walk-in service for children ages 0-6 years and their families. To cap off the conference, Leticia was awarded the Elizabeth Manson Program Leadership Award for Community Service in Children’s Mental Health! Leticia and Taylor also presented at the International Dyadic Developmental Conference (DDP) in Kingston. There are currently three certified DDP practitioners in the Community Clinic, with an additional seven clinicians pursuing certification. GHC is the only agency in Canada with this level of expertise.

Kids and Smartphones - Take Heed and Tether
Using data collected between 2010 and 2015 from more than 500,000 adolescents nationwide, Twenge’s study1 found kids who spent three hours or more a day on smartphones or other electronic devices were 34% more likely to suffer at least one suicide-related outcome [i.e.: suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts] than kids who used devices two hours a day or less. Among kids who used electronic devices five or more hours a day, 48% had at least one suicide-related outcome.2

As many of us have done, blogger Rachel Macy Stafford purchased a smartphone for her daughter as a safety precaution when she started travelling alone to her after school programs. Rachel and her husband implemented the recommended parental restrictions, safe-search settings, and online safety guidelines. They had on-going talks about cyber dangers like online bullying, predators, pornography, sexting, and what to do in each situation. And they kept on top of the research.

Then Rachel came across a sobering article in Time.com about an outgoing young lady named Nina who shocked everyone with an attempted suicide. Read the full article.
Thank You Donors!
Upcoming Events
The Ballard Foundation has made an extremely generous donation of $50,000 for a new group treatment room. This donation allowed us to create a whole new, beautiful space for children and families to receive treatment. OMERS Foundation also made an incredible donation of $15,000 in support of our Teen Talk Group. We also want to acknowledge the following donors who put together community events raising funds for GHC: Dad's Who Donate, Lindsay Hyslop and Kai de Bruyn Kops' annual Jingle Bang party and a Secret Santa Party hosted by Alexa Kobayashi. Thank you to all our generous donors!
George's Country Fair 2018
March 24, 2018 at Adelaide Hall
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Laugh Out Loud 2018
May 9, 2018 at The Carlu
Get your tickets!

Community Clinic Wellness Series
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OEYC Winter Programs
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Through clinical excellence and a continuum of mental health services, our mission is to reduce suffering, provide hope and enhance the quality of life of infants, children, youth and families.
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