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Did you know there are child and youth mental health centres across the province that provide free counselling and supports for families? No problem is too big or too small.

Child and youth mental health centres are here for you with virtual, phone and in person walk-in clinics. Sessions are available for parents/caregivers too, and you don’t need a referral or OHIP card.

To help you navigate the system, we have created this search system to direct you on where to access care in your community. Simply search by area, age, and type of services required to find child and youth mental health services in your community.

Not sure what type of centre/service you need?

Here are some definitions to guide you:

Child and Youth Mental Health Centres: For full range of child and youth mental health services or if you don’t know where to start to look for help.
Walk-in Services: Quick access to an in-person/virtual child and youth mental health professional. Generally, no appointment is necessary.
Crisis Services: For 24/7 crisis support services for child and youth mental health.

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Through its network of child and youth mental health centres, Children’s Mental Health Ontario has 4,000 child and youth mental healthcare workers across Ontario ready to help parents and their children. Depending on your needs, we can connect you to child mental health professionals that will most help you and your family, including psychiatrists, therapists, and psychologists.


Signs of Mental Health Struggles in Children

Often, children will present signs of mental illness in ways that are not quite the same as adults. You may observe changes in behavior, mood, sleep patterns, appetite and/or interactions with others that are having a negative effect on your child’s day to day activities. It is important to seek help.

Is your child experiencing any of these?

  • Extreme outbursts or excessive mood swings
  • Worrying so much that they are getting stomach aches or headaches
  • Persistent nightmares and a lack of sleep that are affecting your child’s day
  • Avoiding formerly enjoyable activities, including spending time with friends
  • Unusually quiet, sad or reserved, preoccupied
  • Change in appetite – eating considerably less, or more.


Key information to help your family through these challenging times.



Helpful information for parents of children with mental illness.


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