Youth mental health a focus

Youth mental health a focus

JCI Vernon is hosting a keynote lunch May 13 on youth mental health

North Okanagan residents can learn more about youth mental health.

The JCI B.C. Yukon regional convention runs from May 12 to 14 at the Vernon Lodge, and as part of the convention, JCI Vernon is hosting a keynote lunch May 13 on youth mental health.

“Dr. David Smith an adolescent and adult psychiatrist and medical director of child and adolescent psychiatry for Interior Health, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Dr. Smith will be speaking about the Preventure Program,” said Hailey Rilkoff, with Junior Chamber International Vernon.

“Preventure is an exciting new approach to school based substance abuse prevention training developed at the University of Montreal. It has been tested in many countries and is considered one of the very most effective prevention programs available anywhere.”

It is based on screening all Grade 8 youth for the four traits that put them at highest risk for substance abuse and then involving those positive for these traits in psychoeducational classes that teach alternative and healthier ways to cope. Eight school counsellors have been trained locally this year to be able implement this program across the Vernon School District, funded in part by the money raised by the 2016 JCI Vernon Hospital Gala.

Tickets for the noon event are $30 each which includes a buffet lunch. Tickets can be purchased online through or by calling 250-308-4785.


Youth mental health a focus