The Kids Are Not Alright: Substance Use and Mental Health in Youth, 
from the Pandemic and Beyond

Location Details
National conference
Plant growing through the cracks of a desert floor


The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on young people living in Canada, resulting in a deterioration of their mental health and an increase in substance use. Mental health and substance use health practitioners are facing major challenges on how they can address this complex and growing issue of concern. In response, The Royal has curated a line-up of internationally renowned experts to provide practitioners with tools to support youth living with concurrent disorders.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize how to treat substance use health and mental health disorders concurrently
  • Explain the state of youth substance use and concurrent disorders in Canada
  • Correlate the impact of cannabis use in youth who are struggling with mental health concerns
  • Tailor early intervention programs with practical tools
  • Incorporate research into clinical practice
  • Collaborate with service delivery recipients to improve services grounded in best practices


  • Dr. Kim Corace, Vice-President, Innovation & Transformation, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
  • Dr. Gretchen Conrad, Clinical and Health Psychologist, Transitional Aged Youth Services, Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program, Assistant Director of Training, Predoctoral Residency Program in Clinical Psychology at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
  • Dr. Kim Hellemans, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, Provost’s Teaching Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University
  • Dr. Patricia Conrod, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Professor of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Sherry Stewart, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health Graduate Program Coordinator, Master's in Psychiatry Research at Dalhousie University
  • Dr. James MacKillop, Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, Director, Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, Director, Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University & St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
  • Dr. Joanna Henderson, Executive Director, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario, Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Target audience

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Primary Care Physicians, Community Mental Health and Addiction Providers as well as Students/Learners working with youth.

This event is PENDING Accreditation (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Date and Time

Friday, November 19, 2021 
8:45 AM – 4 PM EST  (login at 8:30 AM)


Regular rate: $125
Student rate: $105


To register please click here.

Contact information

For information, please contact Robyn Sauret.

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