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Northern Balancing Our Minds
Wed, 24 May 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
Prince George is proud to be one of five communities in British Columbia that will host a Balancing Our Minds youth summit in 2017. The youth summit is a free, day long event for high school aged youth to learn about mental health, engage in fun activities and participate in thoughtful dialogue.
In Prince George, the youth summit is called Northern Balancing Our Minds (NBOM) and it will be the first to addresses the culture, lifestyle and interests of youth living in northern British Columbia. NBOM will entertain, delight and encourage young people to make mental wellness a priority - both for themselves and for others.
Increase youth knowledge about mental health and substance use
Build awareness of available mental health tools, resources and services
Decrease stigma towards individuals experiencing mental health challenges
Generate ideas on how to promote mental health and wellness in your school community
Who should attend?
High school aged youth in Northern BC interested in learning about mental health and wellness, decreasing stigma and creating a community culture that supports youth mental health
School or community based adult allies that have an interest in supporting youth at and after the event
Support Plan for Attendees
NBOM participants will hear stories about people having mental health problems and surviving them. Difficult topics and conversations will arise and some young people who attend may be emotionally triggered from the content. At NBOM, there will be a quiet room available for those who need it, as well as professional Counsellors from PGNFC's Healing Centre to talk to. Chaperones who accompany youth to NBOM are asked to ensure a continuous support plan is available for the youth when they return to their schools and communities after the summit.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Civic Centre offers a variety of parking options. Civic Facilities parking lot (next to the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre) has a free 3 hour time limit from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Additional time is available at $1/hour or $6/day, payable at the kiosk on the ground level. There is no charge evenings or weekends.
Street parking is also available with a free 3 hour time limit from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday. There is no charge evenings or weekends.
What can I bring into the event?
Youth should bring a chaperone to spend the day with. Other than that, you shouldn't need anything else. Meals will be provided.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event and check in at the registration table when you arrive.