Good afternoon everyone!

On May 29th I had the pleasure of hosting a ‘Mommy and Me Tea Party’ with a local Girl Guides group in Markham. My goal was to raise awareness for mental health/ suicide prevention/ bullying. The first step towards aiding youth at risk of suicide is to start with open communication. Therefore, it is essential that we help build parent-child relationships.

During the tea party I presented a speech about my personal experience with youth suicide and effective ways on how parents can be more involved in their child’s everyday lives. I also emphasized that all the girls were special and unique, and assured them that it is always more helpful to share your feelings and concerns with adults they trust. I then led activities to encourage parent-child dialogue, self-esteem and friendship building/ anti-bullying. 

Hosting my first ‘Mommy & Me Trust Tea’ was one of my favourite ways to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Thank you to the Girl Guides, for giving me the opportunity to speak and lead activities with the mothers and daughters to open a dialogue between adults and youth.

After the tea party I was told many positive results came out of the ‘Mommy & Me’ session, and that many of the girls became vocal about hidden problems they had been dealing with. I am so proud that the mothers and daughters benefited from this session. I am honoured to have been able to play a part in building a stronger relationship between adults/ youths and opening a dialogue regarding suicide prevention, mental health, bullying and self- esteem.

Looking forward to more ‘Mommy and Me Trust Tea’events in the future<3

Love,

Jessica Cianchino

Miss York Region World 2018

 

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