The Where there’s a Will Foundation is urging parents and carers in the Upper Hunter to make the most of the opportunity to attend an information evening with Dr Michael Carr Gregg – one of Australia’s leading experts in child and teenage mental health – when he travels to Muswellbrook next month.

A child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Carr Gregg is the Managing Director of Young and Well Cooperative research centre, he’s a founder of the National Centre Against Bullying, he regularly appears as a parenting expert on breakfast television and radio programmes and is the author of best selling books The Princess Bitchface, The Prince Boofhead and When to Really Worry.

Dr Carr Gregg will address key challenges of millennial parenting including alcohol, online safety, sleep and will also address issues unique to regional areas, with parents invited to submit questions to info@uhwheretheresawill.com.au prior to the  free talk to will be held at Muswellbook High School on Tuesday 22 May at 7pm.

His visit will be funded by Where there’s a Will which has responded to requests from parents in the Upper Hunter eager to know more about steps they can take to assist the wellbeing of their children.

“While we’ve been working extensively with teachers and students on promoting good mental health and wellbeing, we’ve had a lot of parents asking ‘what can we do, how do we help our kids?’, said Where there’s a Will co-founder Pauline Carrigan.

“We’re thrilled to bring Dr Carr Gregg to the Upper Hunter. He’s passionate about adolescent mental health, technology and education. Getting as many parents as possible to listen to what he has to say is an important step towards expanding the conversation about mental health in the Upper Hunter.

“Right across the district our teachers are working hard to implement positive psychology initiatives in classrooms, the students – our children –  are absorbing Visible Wellbeing initiatives in every lesson and when those students go home, it’s critical that their parents understand that same language.

“By taking a whole of community approach and having teachers, parents, grandparents, sports coaches, community leaders knowing more about the psychology behind wellbeing we’re giving ourselves a head start in the fight against mental illness and we’ll see a lot less children falling through the gaps.”

Arrangements are being made for buses to travel from Merriwa, Denman and Murrurundi for the night.  Further details will be shared on www.uhwheretheresawill.com.au and via https://www.facebook.com/uhwheretheresawill/.

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