The Penticton Rotary Club is pleased to bring Dr. Patricia Pottie to Penticton to talk about Strongest Families. This strategy for helping young people deal with some mental
health challenges recently won the Governor General’s Award for Innovation.
Strongest Families was developed by Dr. Patrick McGrath of Dalhousie University over a 20 year period of investigating effective ways to treat mental illness in young people.
To ensure acceptance, he decided to make it based around the smartphone and made it convenient for the young people to connect in the privacy of their homes at times that
He also made it skills based so that the youth effectively healed themselves. At a set time every week, the youth connect with a designated coach at Strongest Families and
the together they come up with a strategy for the following week. These coaches are well trained and are non-judgmental as they help guide the youth to wellness.
As a result, an independent audit of Strongest Families reported over 90% approval rating and less than a 10% drop out rate in the program.
The Rotary Youth Wellness Initiative is looking to utilize Strongest Families in the South Okanagan to observe its effectiveness on youth suffering with anxiety or anxiety
disorder. This seems to be quite a prevalent problem in the country as youth grapple with social media and the challenges of our world.
A public talk on Strongest Families with Dr. Pottie will be at 2 pm, January 30th at the Shatford Centre in Penticton.
To book seating or for more information, call Brian Hughes at 250 460 1731.