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What is "Let's Talk"?

Let's Talk educates.

"It's way easier to tell someone who knows what HIV/AIDS is, so after when you tell them they understand better"
(Affected youth)

HIV/AIDS affects children and their families, yet many families are afraid to tell professionals about HIV/AIDS.
Being an "affected child or family" means that someone important to the family:

  • is HIV positive;
  • is living with AIDS; or
  • has died of AIDS.

  • In Canada, the number of affected children, youth and families is growing.

    What do we do?

    Girl and DogOur team of HIV positive parents, youth and professionals will travel to speak to any group in Ontario.
    We help agencies who want to provide support programs for families affected by HIV/AIDS.
    We have created a Message Board and a Chat Room for children, youth, parents and professionals to talk with one another and still remain anonymous.

    Who might be interested?

    "If only the world would be a more understanding place"
    (11 year old girl with HIV)

    • Parents who are HIV positive
    • Caregivers of children who have someone close to them infected with HIV/AIDS
    • Parents of children with HIV
    • Caregivers of children who have had someone close to them die of AIDS
    • Boy and Girl
    • Health care professionals
    • AIDS service organizations
    • Children's mental health centres
    • Children's Aid Societies
    • Anyone who provides service to children and families

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    Kids Feel...

    Kids feel isolated

    "I often forget that people with HIV/AIDS can be parents too"
    (AIDS Service Worker)

    Children whose loved one is infected often feel "different".
    Many say they cannot tell others, even professionals, that a loved one has HIV/AIDS.
    They usually carry this secret alone.

    Kids feel angry

    Kids FightingAffected kids often say they are angry that HIV/AIDS has come into their families.
    They are also upset by the negative comments others make about HIV/AIDS.
    At times kids act out this anger through risky behaviour, like skipping school, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and stealing.

    Kids feel worried

    "Sometimes I even wake up at night thinking about his virus"
    (Sister of boy with HIV)

    Kids worry about what will happen to their loved ones who are infected.
    They wonder "what will happen to them and me in the future?".

    Kids feel loss

    Grief and loss are are familiar to these kids.
    Change is something they cope regularly.
    Some have had a loved one die.

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    Parents Share

    Talking about disclosure

    "Sometimes it's scary to think about the future"
    (Parents with HIV)

    Parents often want support about if, when and how to disclose HIV/AIDS to their children and others.
    This helps to prepare for unexpected questions.

    Support with parenting

    FriendshipParents sometimes want help in understanding their children's behaviours - which ones are "normal" and expected, and those that relate to HIV in the family.
    Parenting often becomes easier with support.

    Future care planning

    Some parents want information and support about how to make plans for their children's care if they should die.
    This is particularly important for single parents, or families who do not have extended family in Canada

    "We need to feel that we are not alone"
    (Parents with HIV)

    Reducing isolation

    Parents tell us it helps to know they are not alone.
    Parents learn from each other things that only they can know.

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    Let's Talk in Your Community

    "I found your workshop enjoyable, enlightening and, most of all, useful"
    (Participant at Let's Talk workshop in Sudbury)

    We like to think that we have been able to help people throughout Ontario, not just in Toronto, and we have held highly successful workshops in many regional centres. Keep an eye on the What's On? page to see what we have planned for the near future.

    CarIf you want Let's Talk to travel to your community in Ontario, please call us at (416) 596-7703, fax us at (416) 596-7910, e-mail us at staff@kidstalkaids.org, or fill in the form below (giving details in the comments box) and click the "Send" button.

    Our workshops have attracted many favourable comments, but we only have room for one or two here.

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    Want more information?

    For more information on Let's Talk or other Teresa Group services, please call us at (416) 596-7703, fax us at (416) 596-7910, e-mail us at staff@kidstalkaids.org, or just fill in this form and click the "Send" button.

    Let's Talk and The Teresa Group respects the confidentiality of all it's families. If you prefer, you can print out a printer-friendly form and mail or fax it to us, or you can send this same form on-line using our secure server.

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    Let's Talk, 124 Merton Street, Suite 300, Toronto, M4S 2Z2, CANADA
    Telephone: (416) 596 7703 - - Fax: (416) 596 7910 - - E-mail: staff@kidstalkaids.org
    Charitable Registration No 0892927-11
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    The Teresa Group
    Let's Talk is a service of The Teresa Group
    "Serving the needs of children and their families, living with or affected by HIV/AIDS"

    Kids Help Phone
    Parent Help Line
    If you need to talk to someone in a hurry, call Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868 or Parent Help Line on 1-888-603-9100.

    Health Promotions and Programs Branch - Ontario Region, Health CanadaUnited Way of Greater Toronto
    This project received funding from the Health Promotions and Programs Branch - Ontario Region, Health Canada and United Way of Greater Toronto