7 - 9 p.m. @ David Thompson Secondary School Auditorium
(Address: 1755 East 55 Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.)
featuring Ocena van Samang on Mental Health in children & youth
Featured Speaker: Ocean van Samang, Biography
Ocean van Samang is a trainer and consultant for Safer Schools Together. She has worked in the field of mental health and disabilities for more than 15 years. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator of the Child and Youth Crisis Program Fraser Health North Team. Ocean is a therapist and she has designed and facilitated numerous groups for youth and adults in the areas of communication, mental health conditions, self-esteem, resiliency, and mindfulness; developed curriculum for post-secondary institutions; and presented in various school districts to assist teachers and counsellors in finding strategies in educational environments to support children and youth with anxiety, depression, and self-harming behaviours. Ocean collaborates with schools and community partners to develop and support safe school teams, threat assessments, suicide prevention protocols, and mental health literacy.