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Thinking of you this Mother’s Day

Thinking of you this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, I am thinking about the moms that do such an extraordinary job parenting a child or youth with mental health issues. You are on 24/7 and it is draining – and often, you get no thanks at all.

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Helping Children Through Grief

Helping Children Through Grief

We know that these have been extremely challenging days, not just here in Ontario, but around the world. We understand that many children and youth may have recently experienced the death of a loved one during these difficult days. When we lose a loved one, grief affects all of us – even children – in different ways. It can be mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausting. It can be...

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Messages of Support

Messages of Support

During our recent Twitter Chat with parents and caregivers, we asked: What message of support and encouragement would you like to offer to other families who are having a really tough time? We received so many great responses and wanted to share them with you. We know these are challenging days, and we hope these messages from fellow parents across Ontario help. Don't be afraid to talk about...

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The March Break That Never Ends: Supporting Your Family’s Mental Wellness

The March Break That Never Ends: Supporting Your Family’s Mental Wellness

“....but I can’t do that!” With tears running down his face my son melts into the couch and I know things are too much for this moment but, I missed catching it before now….inside I am thinking, “HOW? I am a competent adult but HOW am I going to keep us all afloat?”  With the ‘March break that never ends’ upon us, we are all dealing a little differently but, universally, Ontario parents are...

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Expert Tips on Back to School Anxiety

Expert Tips on Back to School Anxiety

For many families, the new school year is exciting. Parents are relieved at the prospect of a quieter house, kids are looking forward to more time with friends and some students may even be excited about their new classes. But for many kids, going back to school can create anxiety over peer relationships, a new school, different teachers and more. For many kids this is a mild anxiety that can be...

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Join Us for Children’s Mental Health Week!

Join Us for Children’s Mental Health Week!

Recognizing Children's Mental Health Week Is More Important Than Ever  Children’s Mental Health Week May 3 to May 9  Annually, Mental Health Week is acknowledged during the first week of May with an emphasis on children’s mental health. Local child and youth mental health agencies and Children’s Mental Health Ontario, which represents nearly 100 children and youth mental health centres across...

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Kids With Mental Illness Going to Hospital Is on the Rise

Kids With Mental Illness Going to Hospital Is on the Rise

In the coming weeks leading up to the release of the 2020 provincial budget by the Government of Ontario, Children's Mental Health Ontario's members, which provide the majority of publicly-provided child and youth mental health care in the province, and youth and family mental health advocates will be attending public meetings with Ontario government leaders and MPPs to urge them to increase...

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Seven Tips for Supporting a Child or Teen With Anxiety

Seven Tips for Supporting a Child or Teen With Anxiety

Written By Dr. Marjory Phillips As we transition from the relaxing days of summer into the busy fall schedule and back-to-school season, it is an important time to support children and youth who may be feeling uneasy or apprehensive. Anxiety is the most common childhood mental illness, with 62% of Ontario youth reporting having had concerns over their level of anxiety and ¼ of Ontario parents...

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Our Youth Are Demanding (And Deserve) Mental Health Care

Our Youth Are Demanding (And Deserve) Mental Health Care

Written by Caralyn Quan, Program Manager, The New Mentality Kim Moran, CEO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario Please Note: If you, your child or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 9-1-1 or head to your nearest emergency department. If you would like to find a child and youth community mental health centre near you, please click here There have been some difficult...

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Unicef Report Card: Canadian Youth at Risk

Unicef Report Card: Canadian Youth at Risk

In the coming weeks leading up to the release of the 2020 provincial budget by the Government of Ontario, Children's Mental Health Ontario's members, which provide the majority of  publicly-provided child and youth mental health care in the province, and youth and family mental health advocates will be attending public meetings with Ontario government leaders and MPPs to urge them to increase...

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