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School Mental Health Backpack

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.

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…

How the Pandemic Impacts Children’s Mental Health

We know that the pandemic has been challenging for most families, but it has been especially hard on those families with children struggling with mental health.

In Return to School During COVID-19: Considerations for Ontario’s Child and Youth Community Mental Health Service Providers, Children’s Mental Health Ontario and its partner, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, report on how the pandemic is impacting the mental health of children, youth, and their families.

Responding to Omicron, CMHO Update

As we start the new year, our province finds itself in a very stressful phase of the pandemic. For many of us, it’s been overwhelming trying to keep up with rapidly changing news and policies that directly impact us, particularly when it comes to information about...

Ask an Expert: Managing Mood Disorders

For nearly two years, we have shared the experience of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.  We weathered the same storm, but in different sized boats. We know that children and youth have been affected by the pandemic through the transition to virtual learning, the loss...

Recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Children's Mental Health Ontario is taking the opportunity to acknowledge the history of residential schools – to honour their survivors, mourn the lives of children lost and to acknowledge the ongoing...

Back to School Tips with Parents for Children’s Mental Health

We know it’s been a busy and challenging week for some as families get back into a school routine. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our School Mental Health Backpack for updated tips and resources. We checked in with parents/caregivers from our peer support...

Mourning the children of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

The uncovering of 215 unmarked bodies of children buried at the site of a former residential school  has rippled across the country. We are in a collective moment of mourning, sorrow, shame, anger, grief and condolence. Our thoughts are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc...

Six Tips to Practise Self-care During Ramadan

For the next month, many Muslim families around the world will be observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is practised through a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and giving back to the community. Sadly, for many families this will be their second year...

The Pandemic and Child and Youth Mental Health

As the pandemic continues to move through different phases, it’s a good time to check-in with yourself and your family. For many of us, this past year has been difficult. Many young people and their parents, as well as child and youth mental health experts, are...

Black Mental Health Week

Black children and youth and their families continue to face barriers, both interculturally and systemically, when it comes to accessing trusted and responsive mental health services and care in Ontario. We also know that institutionally, wide-spread research on Black...

A Return to School for All Children and Youth

Children’s Mental Health Ontario is a strong advocate of the return to school for children because we believe that in-class learning is key to children’s development and mental health. We believe that schools should be the last to close and the first to open because...

Tips to Support Your Child’s Mental Health Through Remote Learning

This post was created in consultation with CMHO child and youth mental health professionals Michelle Boulanger, of Dufferin Child & Family Services and Nicole D'Souza and David Cho of Lumenus. With the provincial lockdown and many schools still closed, we know...


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.

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