March 14, 2019

"We All Want the Same Thing" - A Presentation to…

The following is a transcript of a presentation to the Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affairs from the CEO of St. Clair Child and Youth, Sue Barnes. In the…
March 07, 2019

When We All Do Better - Raising the Age of…

This January, Youth Mental Health Advocate Evan Rodgers, presented this statement to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. This is his story. Good afternoon, my name is Evan…
February 26, 2019

Funding for Kids with Complex Mental Health Issues

The following is a presentation given to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during January 2019 in Chatham-Kent to MPPs looking for public input on the 2019 budget. Chatham-Kent…
February 15, 2019

One Family's Trauma: How Mental Illness Impacts Siblings, Parents and…

Jeff Warner, Guelph For Jeff Warner’s youngest sons, it was the trauma of growing up with an older brother suffering complex mental illness that triggered anxiety. For nearly a decade,…
February 06, 2019

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…
January 30, 2019

Frozen at the Front

Standing up in front of a classroom full of teenagers is a daunting challenge for anyone, it’s a tough crowd to please and they’re all zeroed in on you. Yet…
December 18, 2018

Perfection Doesn’t Matter: Supporting your Child with Mental Health Issues…

Written By Tina Szymczak I am not going to mince words with you. The Christmas holidays when our oldest son was little were HARD. He struggled with noise and large…
December 18, 2018

Getting Through the Holidays: Tips from the Mother of a…

Written by Brynne Burgess Being a parent or caregiver of a child under 6, with special needs, can be difficult around the Holidays. You will be gathering with family, extended…
December 13, 2018

7 Holiday Wellness Tips for Your Family

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…
December 13, 2018

Tools for a Bright Future: Riley's Story

Riley, a teenager living in Toronto with his mother, has learning disabilities as well as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and generalized anxiety. Riley experienced a great deal of trauma at…
December 06, 2018

Gary's Story

This is the story of a youth struggling with mental health issues and the law, who has recently moved past the age of eligibility for youth services. Gary, a young…
November 16, 2018

Olga's Story

“Both of my parents suffered from serious mental health issues – my father’s depression led to homelessness for 25 years; my mother’s psychosis caused me to be miserable from the…
October 26, 2018

Farah's Story

I’m on the autism spectrum and I have anxiety and anger problems. I worked with a counsellor at my community child and youth mental health centre, Nexus, and she really…
October 26, 2018

"Crisis on Campus" A Solution Framework

Post-secondary students face high levels of mental health and addiction issues in Ontario. A 2016 study found: 65 per cent of students reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety in the previous year…