Welcome Spring! With Spring many new things are emerging for the Child and Youth Mental Health Sector and PCMH.
To help us provide families with better outreach and access to our supports and access to our network of famlies and resources, we now have a TOLL FREE NUMBER! 1-855-254-PCMH (7264). We also have a new mailing address: PCMH, PO Box 20004, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2M 7W7. As PCMH continues to grow, we will continue to look for ways to provide the strongest supports and most relevant resources to our families and leaders. Thank you all for contributing to the success of PCMH.
Ministry of Child and Youth Services
As many of you are aware, with the election of the New Premier, we now have a new Ministery of Child and Youth Services. Honorable Teresa Piruzza. Parents for Children's Mental Health had the pleasure of meeting with the Minister to discuss the importance of continued family engagement through the Transformation process, as well as what meaningful engagement and transformation would be for families. We continue to ensure open communication between the Ministry and families, and are confident that Minister Piruzza agrees. We look forward to working alongside the new Minister and the Transformation team to ensure that family voice is embedded in all the processes that involve our children and youth!
Children's Mental Health Week is Coming!
This year we are pleased to announce that together with Children's Mental Health Ontario, and the RBC Children's Mental Health Fund Project, this year's Children's Mental Health week will be a campaign aimed at raising awareness primarily for families. The campaign will help families identify when help may be needed for their children and youth, and also provide much needed information and resources to assist families in finding the necessary supports. We are excited aboout the upcoming campaign and encourage you to check back to our website frequently, as well as visiting our partners, to see what is happening during the campaign.
To help Kick off the Children's Mental Health Week Campaign - CMHO is looking to help tell our stories.
Did you know that more than half of Canadians have never discussed their children’s mental health?
During the month of April, Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is partnering with Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) and the Children’s Mental Health Project at RBC to deliver an Education and Awareness Campaign for Parents and Families. The campaign aims to educate families on the early signs of mental health issues and provide them with trusted information. You can help by sharing your past experiences with us to encourage other families to seek out information and get help if needed. Selected stories will be featured on CMHO’s website, PCMH’s website, the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project’s website and may also appear on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Your stories can help to inspire others to start the conversation. To participate, please answer the following questions (note – responses should be limited to approximately 500 words or less).
1. What were the first signs you noticed that made you question if your child was experiencing a mental health issue?
2. In hindsight, were there any signs that you overlooked that you wished you had noticed earlier?
3. What advice do you have for other parents and families who are unsure if their child is experiencing a mental health issue?
4. What advice do you have for parents and families who are struggling to start a conversation with their child about their mental health?
5. What were the first steps you took to find help for your child?
6. Do you consent to have your name and story appear on CMHO’s, PCMH’s and RBC’s Children’s Mental Health Project websites, as well as on our social media pages? If so, please provide your first name, along with a contact email address or phone number where you can be reached should more information be required (note – only your first name will be published).
Email your responses by Friday April 4th to Jillian Costas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your participation.
To help other families, this is a key element. We need to help decrease the isolation families feel when a child or youth is diagnosed. Lend your voice to families who right now need to hear they are not alone, and others have travelled the journey too.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
The CMHO Conference is coming! CMHO annually hosts one of the largest child and youth mental health conferences. It continues to grow and expand with a stronger focus each year on strengthening partnerships and engaging families and young people. This year, PCMH will join forces with CMHO to bring families to this valuable event, and provide a stream just for famlies! Hold the date and keep an eye for more information. November 17th-19th. We are really looking forward to seeing many families there!
"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
Two messages of hope and support from youth - our most powerful voices!
A poem by a youth.....very moving, please feel free to share
Rest your head my darling,
Quit cutting yourself with the jagged edge,
Stop hanging over the ledge,
Think about your life,
Give me the bloody knife,
Let me sing you this lullaby,
No need to cry,
Give life one last try,
Just rest your head my darling.
Thank you Emily for your never ending care and support of others.
The Butterfly Project:
The Rules are:
1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.
2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
3. You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off.
4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you’ve killed it. If you dont cut, it lives.
5. If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them.
6. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
7. Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support. If you do this, name it after someone you know that cuts or is suffering right now, and tell them. It could help.”
Two New Support Groups Coming Soon!
Haliburton and London are establishing new Support Groups - Keep an eye out for their information coming soon!
A HUGE Thank you to Support From:
All who have donated to our Giving to Grow Campaign. We continue to accept donations, please visit the Giving to Grow Campaign page on our website.
Without the ongoing support of our Corporate Sponsors we would not be able to continue to offer the vital supports for families. We thank Dofasco for their sponsorship of our OPENING UP educational series, and PEEL CHILDREN'S CENTRE for their generous support of PCMH and engagement of families!
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