One in 5 of children and youth under the age of 19 in Ontario has a mental health problem. This means that at any given time, almost 20% of youth will be dealing with some type of mental health problem - making it difficult for them to learn, or behave appropriately. Children whose mental health problems are left untreated may be disruptive in class or at home, bully others, end up involved in the youth justice system, experiment dangerously with drugs/alcohol, etc. Even more serious, poor grades and dropping out of school are both strongly associated with mental health problems.
Children's Mental Health Ontario has created resources that describe the most likely mental health problems to be present in today’s classrooms, including anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and behavioural disorders. These guides offer: tips on early identification and intervention; lots of practical suggestions on how to accommodate and respond to kids with mental health problems; and combating stigma in the classroom.
We offer a broad spectrum of treatment services and programs, delivered by highly qualified staff to strengthen children and families. Below is a partial list of services which may be applicable to you. For a full list visit our Services page.
Pathstone also provides a wide range of specialized workshops for parents, children and youth for a small fee. These workshops are offered on a regular schedule and are also provided by our highly qualified staff. For more information about these workshops click on the following links:
- Workshops for Parents and Professionals
- Groups for Children, Youth and Parents
- Divorce and Separation Services
- Psycho-Educational Assessments
- Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a number of resources available to assist parents, teachers, mental health workers and others in dealing with any questions, concerns that may arise in the wake of the violence and traumatic events that have occurred in recent days.
SAMHSA offers tip sheets:
- For Students
- For Parents, Teachers, and Other Caregivers
- Tips for Talking with Children
- Tips on Media Coverage
- Coping with Grief
- Coping with Mass Violence and Shooting
- Coping with Traumatic Stress
Click here to view resources.