The Open Table An ecumenical Christian community for emerging adults in Ottawa
Crisis support for youth, as recommended by Dr. Gail Beck
Distressed youth should turn first to a parent. When children are depressed and despairing, she attests, parents (even ones who tend to be inattentive) drop everything and help. If this is not possible, however, they should turn to an adult they trust, who could well be the counselor on staff or on call at their school. All schools in the Ottawa board have a mental health counselor, and her network of principals assure her their children all know who that person is.
Above: Barbara Robertson, who helped organize and convene the OMGjr weekend at Temple Pastures in early November, outlines its focus and some of the good things that happened. Seventeen teenagers from seven different churches lived, played, learned, laughed, and prayed together. .
A presentation by Barbara Robertson about all the ways we communicate in our homes and schools and lives
Many, many group games
A conversation with Dr. Gail Beck, a top youth psychiatrist, about the difference between anxiety and depression, the best ways to calm ourselves down (sports, music, nature, prayer) when we are anxious, and who to turn to when we know someone who is depressed (see crisis support list below)
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