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CMHO’s nearly 100 member organizations operate in every region of the province, providing treatment and support to children, youth and families. This includes targeted prevention, early intervention, short- and long-term counselling and therapy, and intensive services such as residential care. Children’s Mental Health Ontario agencies are open and providing support via phone and virtually during the Covid-19 response. Click the link below to find a Children’s Mental Health Centre near you.

Talking to Your Anxious Child about Covid-19

The growing concerns about COVID-19 are certainly prevalent in the media, social conversations, and the thoughts of most Ontarians. 

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. 

Tips for 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…

Youth Perspective: How the Pandemic is Affecting Youth

This post was originally shared by The New Mentality. The start of a new school year can normally bring on a mix of different emotions – excitement, joy, and happiness, but also nervousness, discomfort, and stress. The pandemic drastically changed how the school year...

Honouring National Indigenous History Month

For National Indigenous History Month, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) would like to acknowledge and celebrate the many Indigenous mental health service providers across Ontario who are doing incredible work in their communities to support Indigenous children...

Lessons for Father’s Day

 With Father’s Day this weekend, we want to take this time to thank dads across Ontario for their hard work and dedication. Recognizing that this day will surely look different because of the pandemic, we asked some of the dads in our community to share their...

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.

Helping Children Through Grief

We know that these are 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...

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...

Tips for 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?”...

Talking to Your Anxious Child About COVID-19

The growing concerns about COVID-19 are certainly prevalent in the media, social conversations, and the thoughts of most Ontarians. What information we do have is being used to make ever changing decisions as parents and organizations about how best to keep people...

COVID FAQ

As a parent or caregiver, what do I do if my child needs mental health services during the pandemic?

Across Ontario, Child and Youth Mental Health Centres are open and providing mental health supports to children, youth and their families. While our offices and buildings are closed, centres are providing alternative services, including virtual and telephone counselling and consultations. Many Child and Youth Mental Health Centres with walk-in clinics are now offering walk-in clinic appointments by video chat or telephone. Find a Child and Youth Mental Health Centre near you.

Where can I find more information to help my child with mental illness during the pandemic?

Children’s Mental Health Ontario is committed to sharing evidence-based information on our website. Look for posts on how to talk to anxious children about COVID-19, and tips for family wellness. We also encourage families to rely on information from officials, including Health Canada and Public Health Ontario.

Read about our children mental health care heroes

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Jenny Strange

Throughout this very unpredictable situation, Youville Centre’s young clients and their children have been isolated at home without the face-to-face help of staff.

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Katie Matthews

We would like to recognize Katie Matthews is a social worker who is assigned to a local high school, St. Ignatius by Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.

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Kim Caulfield

We would like to recognize Kim Caulfield, RSSW, as a Mental Health Hero. Kim continues to go above and beyond for our clients, our agency WAYS Mental Health Support, and the community.

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Ron Destiné

The Roberts/Smart Centre offers a private learning academy for our youth. Ron Destiné a Youth Counsellor working at the Academy found it difficult to be away from the youth when the schools were closed.

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Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre (CCMHC)

We would like to recognize CCMHC. The nomination was meant to be for one individual however, Michael Hone felt it was important to highlight the entire organization.

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