Register soon for anxiety prevention program

School District #83 and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) host a free FRIENDS Parent Program Workshop next Thursday

School District #83 and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) host a free FRIENDS Parent Program Workshop next Thursday.

The workshop is designed for parents, families and caregivers to learn more about the online portion of the BC FRIENDS Parent Program and how to use it at home.

FRIENDS is an evidence-based anxiety prevention and resiliency program used in B.C. schools to promote the mental health and well-being of all students.

The online program provides family friendly resources, tools, home activities and videos addressing the following: How anxiety affects children, how to foster resilience, how to reinforce the FRIENDS skills at home and where to go for more information.

Workshop participants will be given parent-friendly tools and information to practise the concepts together at home and assist them in helping their children cope with their worries, learn how to relax and more.

The BC FRIENDS Parent Program was developed for parents by parents through a long-standing partnership.

It is a team effort between the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s FRIENDS Program and The FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health.

Families and caregivers in the Salmon Arm/Shuswap area are invited to a free workshop on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the District Education Support Centre – multi-purpose room, 341 Shuswap St. SW.

Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided as well as door prizes.

Seating is limited so pre-registration is required and may be done online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/friends-parent-program-workshop-shuswapsalmon-arm-tickets-21076524452.

Those without Internet access, may call 250-833-6100. The deadline to reserve a place at the workshop is Monday, Feb. 15.

If transportation is a barrier to attending,  phone the number above to see if arrangements can be made.

Child-minding is not provided for this workshop.

For more information on the program, go to website: www.friendsparentprogram.com.