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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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Youth Call on Ontario Government to Put Kids Mental Health First

Youth Call on Ontario Government to Put Kids Mental Health First

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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One Family’s Story

One Family’s Story

Michele and Lloyd Sparling, Oakville   When Michele and Lloyd Sparlings’ son was in Grade 2, he started to show signs of anxiety; he was often worried or afraid and went from being a “social little guy” to a boy who seemed to always be on the outside of the circle at school and with friends. The Sparlings knew for certain that something was afoot when their son came home from school one day with...

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Early Intervention Saves Lives: World Suicide Prevention Day

Early Intervention Saves Lives: World Suicide Prevention Day

Annually on World Suicide Prevention Day, Children’s Mental Health Ontario works with our partners and Ontario families to raise awareness about suicide prevention, to reduce stigma around mental illness and to advocate for improved mental health care for children and youth.  This year, CMHO is again raising its voice to call for a transformational change in Ontario.  “Early intervention...

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Help at Home Coping With Anxiety

Help at Home Coping With Anxiety

Written By Dr. Marjory Phillips As the kids head back to school, some parents may notice anxiety persisting in their children even after the school year begins. Here are some tips to help parents to support children at school and home to lessen their anxiety: Encourage them to have some control or choice in back-to-school planning and settling in. Kids can get and organize school supplies and...

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Family Mental Wellness Tips From Children’s Mental Health Ontario for the Holiday Season

Family Mental Wellness Tips From Children’s Mental Health Ontario for the Holiday Season

Written by Children’s Mental Health Ontario with clinical advice provided by Children First, Crossroads Children’s Centre and Central Toronto Youth Services Many Ontario families will be juggling more than just the normal stress of challenging relatives and shopping this holiday season, with one in five Ontario children and youth suffering from mental health issues and over half of Ontario...

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Shine Green for Children’s Mental Health Week

Shine Green for Children’s Mental Health Week

A wave of green is sweeping over Ontario this week to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week and Mental Health Week (May 1-8). More than 70 sites in communities across the province are shining green – the colour for mental health – to remind everyone about the importance of positive mental health. Significant landmarks like the Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls and CN Tower are among sites to go...

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