To help parents and caregivers get ready for another pandemic school year, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has updated our School Mental Health Backpack. We want to empower families who are concerned about their child’s mental health and help you find further mental health supports if you need them.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.