Spotlight on Youth Mental Health, presented by CameronHelps, May 6 in Oakville

As part of CameronHelps’ advocacy and education efforts, the charity is presenting a forum called Spotlight on Youth Mental Health. The event is being held on Wednesday May 6 at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Dr. Oakville.  Admission is free and the event starts at 6:30p.m., ending at 8:00 p.m. Please RSVP here

We are bringing together a panel of leaders who represent different aspects of the issue, including programming, emergency response, teaching, health care, research, and more.

The expert panel includes Jennifer Brighton, MSW, RSW, MPEC, Melanie McGregor, Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton, Charlene Abrahams, BA, CCFE, Community Youth in Action, Teresa Wilson, HDSB and Dan McGann, MSW, RSW, developer of the Youth at Risk Run Group at Credit Valley Hospital. Please see blow for bio’s.

This is an evening for discussion and focus. Please join us and listen, learn, discuss and be inspired by those who are on the front lines dealing with Youth Mental Health.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre.  For more information contact

Panelist Bio

Jennifer Brighton is a seasoned Clinical Social Worker who offers Counselling, Psychotherapy and Coaching at her privately owned clinic Glen Abbey Therapy Centre located in Oakville Ontario.   Jennifer specializes in working with children and teens and as such sits on the Board of CameronHelps as the Clinical Director.  Jennifer is also a clinician with The Mindfulness Clinic in Toronto where she provides Mindfulness Based Therapy services.  In conjunction with this, Jennifer offers children and teen Mindfulness groups and has recently authored an illustrated Children’s book called “Jack the Jack Pine; A Mindful Discovery.”  Jennifer has 16 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She is specialized in a number of therapeutic modalities including CBT, DBT, Emotion Focussed Therapy, EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis.

Melanie McGregor is the Communications and Health Promotion Specialist at the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch. She is passionate about reducing stigma and encouraging conversation about mental health and mental illness. She has worked in the mental health field in various capacities for 8 years and is a certified trainer in both suicide intervention and Mental Health First Aid.

Theresa Wilson has been a social worker practising in both the Children’s Mental Health and Education Sectors for over 30 years. She has worked with both the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Halton District School Board. She values the strong relationships with local Children’s Mental Health Agencies to meet the needs of both students and families in Halton. Theresa is currently the Mental Health Lead for the Halton District School Board.

Dan McGann founded the Teen Run Group to support therapy for teens dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Combining his professional expertise with his personal passion for running, Dan founded the “Teen Run Group” in 2006 at The Credit Valley Hospital where he worked as a clinical social worker for more than 20 years. Dan is recognized by peers from his own community and across the country for his success working specifically with teens.

Charlene Abrahams is a seasoned educator with over 20 years teaching experience with children and youth. She is a qualified facilitator for the Kids Have Stress Too! workshop series that was designed and developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada. She is recognized as a Reaching In Reaching Out Resiliency Trainer and was recently awarded a post-graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health from York University. Charlene currently holds the position of Family Resource Facilitator at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre and Interim Executive Director at CYAN-Community Youth in Action Network.