Big Thinking: Addressing bullying and children's health



Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8:30 - 9:45



Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block


Failing to protect children from violence and support them in developing healthy relationships has costly and lifelong consequences. Bullying, violence, mental and physical health problems, substance abuse, school drop-out, and unemployment can be rooted in experiences with violent relationships. Poor social relationships contribute to early death as much as smoking, drinking, and obesity. By preventing violence and promoting relationships, we can optimize children’s healthy physical, emotional, and cognitive development – all of which underlie well-being, citizenship, and productivity.

Join Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University and Scientific Co-Director at PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), as she discusses how promoting healthy relationships can help prevent bullying and foster positive mental health and well-being. In this talk, Dr. Craig will explore policy strategies and changes that can improve the physical, emotional, social, and academic outcomes for Canadian youth—the future of our country.