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These community resources are provided for informational and reference purposes only.
 
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country. As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching.
 
With a staff that includes professionals from all disciplines of health care and research, SickKids provides the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system.
 
 
Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is the association representing Ontario’s publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. With the combined strength of our members, we advocate for government investments, policies and programs that are responsive to the needs of children, youth and families seeking mental health services in Ontario.
Their primary goal is to promote a coordinated and high quality system of care that puts children, youth and families first.
 
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, addictions services, and intensive services such as residential care.

Visit their website at cmho.org to find many more resources and information on Children's Mental Health.
 
 


"The book you want or didn’t know you wanted is in our shop!"
Caversham is a "mom-and-pop, bricks-and-mortar independent bookseller that specializes solely in mental health".
 
Their success stems from having actual books on shelves – a vast selection of over 6,000 titles. Their passionate and knowledgeable staff offer amazing service and prompt delivery. Caversham stays relevant by being an active participant in the mental health community by attending conferences, hosting book launches, and by promoting rare and hard to find books.
 
Visit their website today at caversham.com to see for yourself the many resources available.
 
AboutKidsHealth is an on-line health education resource for children, youth and caregivers that is approved by health-care providers at The Hospital for Sick Children. AboutKidsHealth empowers families to become a partner in their own health care by equipping them with reliable, evidence-based health information.
 
AboutKidsHealth makes complex health information easy to understand for families, and makes it immediately available whenever and wherever they have questions about child health regardless of where they are in Canada or the world.
 
See for yourself the many resources available by visiting AboutKidsHealth today.
 
 
The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) is the voice of social workers in Ontario. OASW has over 5100+ members and 15 branches across the province. OASW speaks on behalf of the interests and concerns of social workers. OASW advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work clients and social work practice, develops role statements and position papers related to professional practice, publishes an online provincial newsmagazine and numerous branch newsletters, and provides direct services to its members.
 
Though OASW does not provide direct Social Work Services to members of the public, they do provide information and resources that link members of the public to Social Workers and their services.

Find more information on OASW by visiting their website at oasw.org.
 
 
Toronto Psychoanalytic Society (TPS) is a not-for-profit association of professional psychoanalysts engaged in the development and advancement of clinical psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thought in Toronto. It was founded in 1965 as a branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (CPS), a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) founded by Freud, with headquarters in London, England.

The Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis (TIP) was established in 1969 as a branch of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (CIP). The TIP is now the largest psychoanalytic training program in Canada. As a component society of the IPA and a branch of the CIP, the TIP provides the only training in clinical psychoanalysis in Toronto with internationally recognized standards of excellence and ethics.

For further information on the various programs and activities sponsored by the tps&i, or to inquire about training in clinical psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, contact torontopsychoanalysis.com
 
 

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
l’Association des infirmières et infirmiers autorisés de l’Ontario


Speaking out for nursing. Speaking out for health.
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario.
 
Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.
 
Find out more about the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario at rnao.ca
 
 
The PACT Urban Peace Program is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to working with, supporting and empowering underserved, marginalized and at-risk youth. PACT offers community based activities and opportunities to build life/job skills for youth ages 13-21.

Visit pactprogram.ca for more information on this community program.
 
 
Handle with Care, it is a national program of the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada) intended to promote the mental health of young children birth to 6 years and their families.

The spirit of the Handle with Care program is one of celebrating parenting and caregiving, recognizing the value of every parent, caregiver, and child. The Program uses a strengths-based approach that assumes every parent and caregiver has problem solving skills, potential resources, and wants what's best for the children in their lives.

Visit
handlewithcarecanada.org for more information on this program.
 
 
It is common to experience highs and lows in life. But what happens when those emotional ups and downs are too difficult to handle?

After Sash Menu Courey lost her battle with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and took her own life her parents made it their mission to raise awareness about the disorder and formed The Sashbear Foundation. The Foundation has the twin goal of raising funds for BPD research and treatment programs as well as raising public awareness of the illness.

Visit Sashbear.org to find out how you can help to make a difference in the battle against BPD.
 
 
     
Mental Health and Wellness for K-12 students in the Yukon: Hincks Dellcrest Institute to Launch Pilot Program with Connected North

Students and educators in remote, underserved communities are now able to access world class learning opportunities and mental health resources live and in real time from experts in Canada and around the world. And they don’t have to leave their classrooms to do it. Through “Connected North”, a breakthrough program founded by Cisco Canada, high-definition video technology in the classroom is used to deliver immersive and interactive education and mental wellness services to remote Indigenous communities. Connected North is now led and managed by charity partner, TakingITGlobal.

This 21st century learning network engages Indigenous students, empowering them on their learning journeys, and inspiring hope and future pathways. The program combines Indigenous and non-Indigenous learning styles seamlessly, and promotes opportunities for Indigenous students to develop ownership of their education and wellbeing. Through Connected North sessions, students’ individual interests, strengths, knowledge, and experiences are valued and applied across teaching strategies.

Connected North is based on two key principals – first, an emphasis on two-way learning that goes both ways, encouraging students to share their own perspectives;  and customized content for each school rooted in Indigenous history, traditions and experience.  Students learn through interactive, video-based expert sessions and virtual fieldtrips and connect with peers through ‘Connected Classroom’ experiences. The program also offers a range of professional development opportunities for teachers and school staff working in remote communities who might otherwise not have access to the latest educational training and resources.
In August 2016, Connected North sought the services of the Hincks Dellcrest Institute to support a pilot project in partnership with Ghùch Tlâ Community School in Carcross, Yukon. The program, still in development, is set to launch this spring. Its objective is to deliver mental health promotion training to educators and youth workers in the community using Connected North’s video collaboration technology. Program facilitators based out of Toronto will work virtually with participants in Carcross through live interactive video sessions, building their capacity to respond to the mental health and wellness needs of the young people they serve.

Through a series of collaborative consultations between Hincks-Dellcrest staff and participating community members, this pilot Connected North program will build out a needs assessment for the community – exploring any broader, underlying issues taking place that might influence the wellbeing of students at Ghùch Tlâ Community School. Together, program staff and participants will work to clarify the issues, unearth their history, articulate desired outcomes, and map out a way forward. Possible themes of support could include training in suicide prevention, building resilience, understanding the impacts of trauma, and working with children living with fetal alcohol syndrome.  

Stay tuned for further updates as Hincks Dellcrest and Connected North prepare for the launch of this exciting new pilot program!
 
 
 
PCMH's mission is to improve the lives of families raising children and youth with mental health disorders/illness by building the capacity of families to advocate for and access child and youth mental health services that are family-centred and seamlessly delivered.

Their three pillars are Support. Educate. Empower.
Support for families facing the challenges of child and youth mental health disorders/illness.  They provide timely, accurate, concrete and appropriate information, compassionate guidance and peer to peer support. 
Education by promoting public understanding of children and youth mental health disorders/illness and respect for families who are facing the unique challenges of raising and caring for children and youth with mental health disorders/illnesses.
Empower by building strong support groups, networks, and partnerships to inform, educate, and mobilize families to raise their voice in public and with government, to advocate for child and youth mental health services that are family-centred and seamlessly delivered.

Visit their website today at www.pcmh.ca and find your local chapter.