9th Annual Mental Health Conference
Youth Violence “Mental Health Issue or Criminal Behaviour?” - A Public Health Discussion for Prevention
An educational forum was presented by George Brown College’s Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Wednesday, February 27, 2008.
About the conference
This year's theme was Youth Violence "Mental Health Issue or Criminal Behaviour?" - A Public Health Discussion for Prevention. It explored how youth violence is a multifaceted problem that grows over the lifetime of a child as a result of many influences.
The risk factors contributing to violent behaviour in the community are poor individual social skills, experiences of loss and devaluation. George Brown and CAMH recognize that service providers and practitioners struggle to respond to these challenging
conditions when providing services that include primary and secondary prevention.
For adolescents, the strongest predictors of youth violence have to do with interpersonal relations. Lack of positive social ties with adults and involvement with antisocial peers (gang membership) are clearly associated with youth violence. Poor academic
performance and dropping out of school are also strongly associated.
This conference provided a frame of reference for youth violence that was useful to individuals, agencies and the broader social service attendees. As well, a special youth panel discussed their views and recommendations.
The forum took place at:
George Brown College
(St. James Campus)
Centre for Financial Services Education (FS),
290 Adelaide Street East, Room 406
For more information, contact:
Phone 416-415-5000 ext. 2562
Thanks to the generous permission of our conference panelists, their PowerPoint presentations are available.
Please ensure that you credit the author when citing their work. (Note: all presentations are in PDF format)
Dr. Lindley Bassarath, Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Scot Wortley, Criminologist, University of Toronto
Dr. Sherri McKay, Psychologist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Donna Alexander, Therapist, Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth
Donna Reid, Professor, George Brown Child and Youth Worker Program
Manjit Jheeta Manager, Community Safety Secretariat, City of Toronto
Manager, Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean