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Workshop to help parents have difficult conversations in a real way

FERGUS – The Grove Hubs, safe spaces for young people in the region, are running a workshop called “How to have difficult conversations the real way”.

On November 23, The Grove invites parents, caregivers, mentors or concerned members of the Guelph and Wellington County community to The Grove – Fergus to have an intimate conversation and learn about surrounding topics such as bereavement, suicide, divorce, drugs, sex trafficking, bullying and more.

Before COVID-19, it is estimated that one in five young people suffered from mental illnesses or addictions in Guelph and Wellington County.

Due to COVID-19, that estimate has risen to four in five young people, underscoring the need for parents to get involved.

“The fall has been difficult for the Fergus community, especially for our youth. Coupled with the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, we must do all we can to offer support as parents, caregivers and the community at large – and that starts with sharing information, ”said Molly Handsaeme, worker youth outreach with The Grove, in a press release.

The workshop will focus on a collaborative approach in developing strategies to navigate, start and continue conversations around these important topics among youth in Wellington County.

It will be hosted by Fergus-based Barbara Lustgarten Evoy, a trusted source on family welfare topics. She is an author, experienced educator, current UGDSB administrator for the Wellington Center, professional mediator and host of the TV show Parenting With Barbara.

Located at 900 Tower Street South in Fergus, the event will run from 7-9 p.m. and will be free.

To register, email [email protected] as soon as possible as capacity is limited. To learn more about The Grove, please visit their website.