Child Intervention Research Forum – Cracker Barrel Presentation – Peter Silverstone
EMPATHY: A new prevention and early intervention program for youth The program is outlined and findings to date are discussed (we have found between 3 – 6% of children in grades 6 – 12 have a high risk for suicide, with half of these being previously unrecognized), other findings in this group of approximately 3,500 students (including anxiety, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, self-esteem, quality of life) are discussed. The common tool that can be widely utilized and the common scaleable interventions that can help are outlined as well as how this impacts policy in the area of child and youth, and links with other collaborating groups. Presenter Biography Peter Silverstone is the Scientific Director of the Strategic Clinical Network for Addiction and Mental health as well as a Professor of Psychiatry and in the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, where he is also an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Business. He has presented on this issue on several other forums, and has very significant national and international presentation experience on a range of topics.
Like other population-level crises and disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic will have short- and long-term impacts on the mental health and psychosocial well-being of individuals and