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Panel Discussion: Supporting Students' Mental Health

Dr. Amy Cheung

Dr. Amy Cheung is an Associate Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

She works clinically as a psychiatrist with young people with mood and anxiety disorders and their families.

Dr. Cheung's research focus includes adolescent depression and community-based service delivery models for youth with mental illness. She currently heads a North American collaborative examining barriers to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of adolescent depression in the primary care setting, which includes developing and disseminating depression management guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Paediatrics.


Andréanne Fleck

Andréanne Fleck is a Social Worker and Implementation Coach at School Mental Health ASSIST, a provincial implementation team designed to support Ontario School Districts to enhance the mental health and well-being for all students. Andréanne has acquired over 20 years of experience working in community, private and school-based settings providing direct service and advocating for child and youth mental health. At SMH ASSIST Andréanne provides coaching support and leads the Equity and Mental Health portfolio in collaboration with various stakeholders and system leaders across the province.


Allen L.

Allen is a grade 12 International Baccalaureate student attending Bayview Secondary School in York Region. A student trustee and a long-serving member of his student council, Allen is also a strong advocate for student empowerment and well-being.

From personal experiences, he is also extremely passionate about the significance of mental health, equity of learning resources, and inclusivity to opportunities for all students. In addition to these issues, he also recognizes and supports the importance of incorporating relevant technology in today’s education. Allen can also be found active in his community as an Air Cadet, a member of the Prime Leaders Youth Collaborative youth council, and a regular volunteer for the Richmond Hill Public Library.


Susie Barraud, OCT

Susie Barraud is a grade 7 teacher and curriculum leader for Wellness, Inclusion and Social Justice at Valley Park Middle School in Toronto. She is also on the program development team for Operation Prefrontal Cortex, a not-for-profit that is piloting a meditation program in the Toronto District School Board.

Last year, she chaired the committee that published Grab’n’Go Mindfulness for the Busy Teacher, a how-to-guide for teachers to implement meditation and mindfulness into the classroom.

Barraud is currently training to become a smartEducation (stress management and resiliency training) facilitator so that she can better support the mental health needs of her students.

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