This week, from May 5th to 11th, it is Children’s Mental Health Week. This is a week where we draw attention to the issues that children, youth and families face when seeking mental health treatment in Ontario.
Our goal for Children’s Mental Health Week, is to raise the voices of parents, youth and service providers, in the hopes of creating a better mental health system for Ontario families. We believe that these are vital to create a system of care that will move us from focusing on crisis-based care, to ensuring kids and youth receive the quality mental health treatment they need to get better.
To learn more about how Ontario families are dealing with child and youth mental health issues, we hope that you will join us on our website and on social media every day this week. We will be hosting and participating in a number of different events – here are some to watch out for:
With best-selling parenting author and CMHO Digital Ambassador, Ann Douglas. May 5, 800PM – 830PM
In this encouraging and story-rich workshop, Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life’s many storms (the focus of her book Parenting Through the Storm). The workshop is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a workshop that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.
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Daily podcasts and blog posts from CMHO Digital Ambassador and blogger, Casey Palmer.
Starting Monday, May 6th, tune in daily as Casey talks to parents across the province about the different issues they face helping support their children with mental health issues. You can learn more by visiting: https://caseypalmer.com/
Join us and The New Mentality’s Youth Action Committee May 6th at 8 PM as we talk diversity in mental health care for children and youth. This discussion will be led by youth; the aim will be to create a positive discussion about creating a more supportive mental health treatment environment for all kids and youth. Join our chat by following #kidscantwait.
Check back with us daily as we post real stories and experiences from parents and youth who have gone through the child and youth mental health system and come out the other side. Listen to these stories about what is possible when we invest in providing quality mental health care to kids and what happens when we only provide support to kids who are in crisis.
Why Children’s Health Week Matters
Take the time to listen to and chat with youth and parents about the mental health system in Ontario. Kids are currently waiting up to 18 months to receive mental health care in parts of the province, sometimes, help isn’t available in their communities at all. Many kids will wait for care until they are in crisis and with suicide as the second leading cause of death for Canadian youth, some of these kids will lose their lives before receiving the treatment they need. This isn’t right.
With the financial and policy support of the Ontario government, together we can end the wait for child and youth mental health care. We can ensure Ontario kids receive the quality care they need by increasing funding to community mental health programs by $160 million per year to ensure that no child or young person waits longer than 30 days for mental health treatment. We urge the government to make crucial investments to:
- Ensure that no child or youth waits more than 30 days for mental health and addictions treatment
- Expand specialized youth mental health and addictions centres to ensure that children and youth get the treatment they need
- Hire and retain the highest skilled staff caring for our most vulnerable children including 1000 new full-time professionals
- Develop quality standards to deliver the best mental health and addictions services