On-line Resources

Ability Online Support Network – http://www.abilityonline.org/

Ability Online Support Network is an online talk support group where kids, teens and parents can access social support on different social situations. The information on the website is split up into a variety of “forum” based messaging boards in accordance to the age of an individual.

Blue Hills Child and Family Centre – http://www.bluehillscentre.ca/

Blue Hills Child and Family Services provide a variety of family counselling services for children, youth and adults. There are a variety of assessment and counselling options available for members. Through this services members can access; individual, family, marital, group, or play therapy; specialized services from birth to 8; triple P; treatment foster care;  intensive services; and children’s therapeutic residential services.

Canadian Mental Health Association – York Region (CMHA) –              http://www.cmha-yr.on.ca/

Nation-wide, voluntary organization, the CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.

Canadian Police/Mental Health Liaison Information –  http://www.pmhl.ca/Index.html

PMHL is an informational online service available for those living with mental illness and for police personnel. PMHL provides practical support and assistance for those living with mental illness whenever they are suicidal, in a crisis situation, victims of crime, accused of crimes, or in need of hospitalization. PMHL ensures that information about mental health is provided to the police as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Cap Centre – http://www.thecapcentre.com/

The CAP center is a facility that provides psychoeducational and social-emotional assessment services for children and their families. The center provides assessment and treatment for a variety of disorders which include Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Selective Mutism, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Behavioural Problems, Family Distress and Discord, Parenting Issues, Learning Disorders, Giftedness, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/Pages/home.aspx

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Centre for Suicide Prevention – http://suicideinfo.ca/

The Centre for Suicide Prevention provides educational resources on suicide prevention and counselling techniques. Through subscription, a database is available with information on suicidal prevention methods. The centre also provides online training and workshops to instruct people on suicide prevention and counselling.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO): York Centre for Children, Youth and Families – http://www.theyorkcentre.ca/

The York Centre provides a range of psychosocial services which provide family counselling to children, youth and their families; and services in schools, community or family home. This program has a multidisciplinary team which addresses all social, emotional, academic and familial needs for each individual patient.

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – http://fameforfamilies.com/

F.A.M.E. is a program that is organized in supporting and helping families who are affected by mental illness. This service provides education, resources, advocacy, and coping strategies for all members of the family.

Family Services of York Region (FSYR) – http://www.fsyr.ca/

FSYR is a non-profit organization which is committed to strengthening communities through collaboration, counselling, education and support. This organization offers counselling service for children, youth, women, men and their families. All counselling and support is intended to help stimulate and promote the fullest of each individual.

Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre – http://www.hincksdellcrest.org/

Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre provides mental health care for infants, children, youth and families. With treatment the centre provides social, emotional, and behavioural support through a variety of prevention, early intervention, outpatient, and residential programs. The centre works directly with the community, offering prevention and early intervention programs for all members.

Integra Foundation Camp Towhee – http://www.integra.on.ca/

This is a children’s Mental Health Centre that offers treatment for youth with learning disabilities. This program offers education, advocacy for those who have learning disabilities. Specialized and individual programs focus on self-esteem, social competence, communication, problem solving and emotional functioning.

Jericho Youth Program – http://www.jycentre.ca/jyc/index.html

Provides Georgina’s youth and children with an affordable recreational opportunity that enhances both social and physical development.

Kids Helpline – http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/teens/home/splash.aspx

This is an online and toll free 24 hour telephone service for children and youth. Through access, a variety of counselling and educational services are offered on bullying, abuse, feelings, human development and or economic issues. The website is split up into two categories – teens and children – to help better gear the information.

Kinark Child and Family Services – http://www.kinark.on.ca/

Kinark is a children’s mental health agency that helps children, youth and families deal with mental illness. Through Kinark, families can access treatment for Autism and aid for Youth Justice. Under the Youth Justice Program, prevention methods are used for children and youth in conflict with the law.

Lance Krasman Centre – http://krasmancentre.com/

The Krasman Centre is a service that provides information, resource and support for psychiatric survivors, their families and friends within York Region. There are two drop-in stations that offer peer support, mental health recovery and social services for those who are homeless and/or have mental illness. They run the self-help network of York region and run the WARM Line for non-crisis support.

Markham Area Mood Disorders Association (MAMDA) – http://www.mooddisorders.ca/

This is a Canadian government service that provides a variety of resources for those who are living with mood disorders in Canada. Services provided include education, family and youth clinical support, recovery programs and peer support for mental health patients. Through the website, members can exchange information and coping strategies within a confidential environment to others coping with similar problems.

Markham Stouffville Hospital and Family Clinic – http://www.msh.on.ca/

Founded in 1996, child and Adolescent Family Services provide education, support and treatment to those coping with mental health issues.

Mental Health Commission of Canada – http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/

MHCC is a non-profit organization created to provide a national focus on mental health issues within Canada. This organization strives to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness. Through a government mandate, MHCC can bring together leaders of different mental health organizations to work on, improve and change mental health assistance programs within Canada.

Meta Centre – http://www.metacentre.ca/

The Meta Centre provides individualized, flexible, innovative and inclusive services that enable children, youth and adults with special needs to enhance their quality of life. Programs are offered for autism, compulsive disorders, anti-social behaviour, anger management, stress management, and physical disabilities. This centre also provides assistance for those with a dual diagnosis; such as developmental and mental health challenges, and those with multiple disabilities.

Mind Your Mind – http://mindyourmind.ca/

A youth for youth website providing information and resources regarding youth mental health difficulties.  Celebrity interviews, games, free music downloads personal stories are available.

New Path Youth and Family Counselling Simcoe – http://newpath.ca/

New Path Youth is an accredited facility dealing with children’s mental health and disorders. The centre offers a variety of strategies which range from early years service to family counselling. The focus of the organization is to help meet the mental health needs of children, youth and family in and around the Simcoe County community.

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences – http://www.ontarioshores.ca/

Ontario Shores is a specialized recovery focused program with services that are designed to provide successful treatment for mental illness. With a multi-disciplinary mental health care team, Ontario Shores can address the different needs of patients and families to promote a quick recovery. Assessment options, crisis services, consultation sessions and education resources are available for patients and family members.

Parents for Children’s Mental Health – http://www.pcmh.ca/york

Parents for Children’s Mental Health is a non-profit, parent-led organization that provides a voice for families who face challenges with children`s mental health. This service provides educational presentations, advocacy and recognition to improve waiting time, support and treatment for those who need assistance.

Pathways for Children, Youth and Family – http://www.pathwaysyorkregion.com/

Pathways is a program that offers a variety support services for homeless and at risk youth within York Region. Programs that offered include a family resource centre, residential facilities, employment help, and counselling.

Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child  & Youth Mental Health at CHEO – http://www.excellenceforchildandyouth.ca/

This service is a learning centre that provides a Child and Youth Mental Health Services Directory to locate appropriate services anywhere in Ontario, and provides resources and education.

Rose of Sharon Services of York Region – http://www.therose.ca/

This centre provides educational support for pregnant and parenting young women under the age of 25 within York Region.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario – http://www.schizophrenia.on.ca/

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario provides support, education and engagement for families and individuals with schizophrenia. This organization promotes awareness, early intervention and advocacy for Schizophrenia across Ontario and Canada.

Sick Kids: Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – http://www.sickkids.ca/Psychiatry/

The Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children provides patient care for children’s mental health.

Social Enterprise for Canada – http://www.socialenterprise.ca/

Social Enterprise is a company that facilitates and provides a variety of community-based programs to promote culture, community and family for all ages. Programs included are Bridge Translations, Boys and Girls Club of York Region, Ontario Early Years programs and centres, All Our Kids and New Canadian Parenting.

SouthLake Hospital – http://www.southlakeregional.org/Default.aspx?cid=608&lang=1

Southlake Hospital provides a regional crisis clinic for children and youth up to the age of 18. This service provides urgent assessment and short-term treatment. There are a variety of programs offered and each one is geared towards treating and assessing a different mental issue. Programs offered are the Child and Adolescent In-Patient Unit, Day Hospital Program, Disruptive Behaviours Program, Eating Disorder Program and Urgent Clinic.

Teen Mental Health – http://www.teenmentalhealth.org/

This is a website is aimed to help and improve adolescent mental health by providing knowledge and guides for teens and their families as well as professionals.

The New Mentality – http://www.thenewmentality.ca/

The New Mentality engages youth, ages 13-25, as partners in breaking the stigma of mental health difficulties and improving mental health services in Ontario. The organization provides knowledge, volunteer guides or mentors and professional support for teens and their families affected by mental health.

MacKenzie Health Family Clinic  http://mackenziehealth.ca/patient_services_mental_health_page.php?id=379

MacKenzie Health provides specialized outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and families with behavioural, emotional and psychological problems.

Thistletown Centre for Children and Adolescents


Thistletown Regional Centre offers a variety of counselling and treatment programs for the following health problems: complex mental health, behavioural, or developmental challenges or who have experienced sexual abuse. Since there is such a wide range of treatment options, particular access will vary for individuals.

York Support Services Network (YSSN) – http://www.yssn.ca/

YSSN provides a service and residence for those who are experiencing a mental health crisis with either their friends or family. This organization maintains and supports the 310-COPE Crisis Line and operates a crisis team to address urgent issues. This organization also works on management cases for those who are diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, Fragile ‘X’, or Pervasive Developmental Delay. These cases are managed by members who coordinate formal and informal services to meet the needs of a particular individual.

Youth Net Mental Health Services – http://www.youthnet.on.ca/

This is an Ottawa based bilingual service that provides Canadians with support and information on regional mental health promotion and intervention programs. These programs are run by youth for youth. Education, support, training and guest lecturers are available over their website for communities to access.

Youthdale Treatment Centre – http://youthdale.ca/en/

Youthdale is a children’s mental health centre based in Toronto with three satellite services in York Region. These centres include outpatient consultation, residential treatment, and a psychiatric crisis support team. This program offers simplified access to treatment so parents can focus on their child’s well-being. Youthdale also invests in research to provide new approaches for patient treatment options.

Here are some resources to help you get started in learning about mental health, mental illness, and addictions.  Each site will lead you to many other online resources:

More Great Sites – Please Explore and Learn

Let’s Call BullS#!T (fairly new site, brought to you by Partners for Mental Health)

Mind Check (check it out!)

Mental Health and High School (includes a booklet for students on signs, symptoms, help)

(The) Mental Health and Well-being of Ontario Students (report from CAMH)

Ontario Student Drug Use Report (report from CAMH)

Psychosis Sucks (lots of great info about psychosis)

Rainbow Youth York Region (support for the LGBT community)

Shatter the Stigma Mend the Mind (the name says it all)

Teen Mental Health (more great info)

The Jack Project (out of a tragedy, this site with lots of info, grew)

Youth Suicide Prevention (again, the name says it all)

Virtual Party (another site by young people, for young people)