Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair at Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair at Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

What to do after a tragedy?

After the death of a student or teacher a school may find itself at a loss as to how (or if) to respond. Some responses may be helpful, while others less so. This keynote will consider what makes a helpful response and what might be less so or even harmful for some. Clear and concise guidelines will be suggested for schools to consider adapting for their needs. 


Dr. Stan Kutcher ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Policy and Training, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre

Dr. Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University.  Dr. Kutcher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Internationally, he has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Currently, his focus is on knowledge transition pertaining to improving mental health literacy and mental health care in schools and primary care as well as the development, application and evaluation of electronic youth mental health engagement, self-care and personal health record. He continues his innovative youth mental health development and research across Canada, and globally- including China, South America, Latin America and Africa.