Parents for Children's Mental Health


Newsletter Highlights

Our New Logo


  • Mental Health Town Hall
  • Parent Polling Webinar
  • Canada Learning Bond Information Session
  • New Fact Sheet for Families


  • Call BS website
  • Emergency Department Clinical Pathways
  • Share Your Story


  • New chapter pages
  • Special Thanks to our Volunteers


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Parents for Children’s Mental Health

45 Densgrove Drive

St. Catharines, Ontario
L2M 3M1
T. (416) 220-0742
F.  (416) 921-7600


We have a new look!!!

Thanks to the team at Jump Branding and Design in Toronto, PCMH has a new logo.


Parents for Children's Mental Health - new logo

The logo is a child’s depiction of an elephant symbolizing the “elephant in the room” which is an English metaphor for an obvious truth that is being ignored or going unaddressed, an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss.  This expression has never been more true than when applied to the issues around child and youth mental illness, and the stigma that prevents the work and conversations that need to happen.

However, the elephant is also symbolic for strength, honour, stability and patience.  In some cultures it depicts carrying the world upon its back and being a leader that is heavily depended on.  They represent power, stability and stead-fastness.  They are also considered a symbol of responsibility because it takes great care and responsibility for its off-spring, also expressing advanced sensitivity and social connection.

The shape of the elephant depicts a parachute which is a symbol for difficult situations that you wish to overcome and get out of safely.  It can also be seen as an umbrella, which symbolizes shielding.

Together, the logo represents that Parents for Children’s Mental Health will continue to ensure that the issues of child and youth mental health be addressed and bring attention to the “elephant in the room”, while maintaining the great social responsibility of seeing these issues addressed, and the fierce loyalty and care that we provide for our children and youth.  The parachute and umbrella represents a safe haven for families, where we will shield and support them through the journey they face, and provide a safe landing in achieving our mutual goals.

Like the elephant, PCMH has immense determination and loyalty, and will always stand up for others and always defend its members.  We will overcome difficult situations and ensure that our children and youth and their families are able to navigate them safely.

 New brochures, posters, and other material will be available for chapters, agencies, and public shortly. 







On October 24, 2012 CBC Hamilton presented a Town Hall - Mental Health 101: The Hidden Crisis.  It was an opportunity to bring together family voice, youth voice, service provider voice - both from education and from health, and have a discussion on the issues that we all face.  The panelists were also asked questions from live and virtual audience members.  The full town hall, along with the accompanying stories by CBC Hamilton are available here. Watch the full event as well as see the comments made by participants online. 


Peel Children and Youth Initiative present a Webinar on PCYI Polling Parents Report - Understanding and Using the Report.  Date November 21, 2012 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Space is limited. You can register here.

For more information on the report click here


Peel Children and Youth Initiative, in partnership with the office of Kyle Seeback, MP Brampton West, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Peel, announce our next Enrolled by 6 Community Event. The event is a one-stop-shop for families to easily enroll their children in the Canada Learning Bond.

The Canada Learning Bond is FREE money provided by the Government of Canada to children born in 2004 or after and living in families earning less than $42,707 net income annually. Eligible children will receive up to $2,000 in an RESP by the age of 15, plus interest. No parental contribution is required!

Thursday November 15, 2012
Cassie Campbell Community Centre
1050 Sandalwood Pkwy W. Brampton

12-4:00 p.m. Service Canada representatives will be available to register SIN numbers
12-7:00 p.m. Bank representatives will be available to register children in the Canada Learning Bond

Child minding will be available!

To register, parents must bring:
1. Two pieces of Government issued ID, i.e. passport, citizenship card, driver’s license, Social Insurance Number (SIN)
2. Child’s birth certificate
3. Child’s SIN number (if they have one)


New PCMH Family Fact Sheet - What to Expect When Navigating the Child and Youth Mental Health System

Our new fact sheet will be available on our website shortly - keep checking facebook for its posting. If you have not yet, make sure you like us on Facebook to get all our updates and keep you current in between our newsletters!

If you would like a copy of the fact sheet sent directly to you, or you would like to use this fact sheet in your chapters or other work, please email us as for a copy.

PCMH Chapter Leaders will be getting copies sent directly to them for use with their local families.






"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead"



Support our Youth in Calling BS!!

Youth will be 'calling BS' on the way society fails to support mental health and shining a spotlight on the issues. At the heart of the campaign is a personal declaration of support that youth can take at, showing their support for transformation around the way we talk about, act towards and support mental health and mental illness.
Change is so desperately needed given the staggering cost to youth. Although more than 1 in 5 young people (aged 15-24) need mental health services, less than 25% of them actually receive the care they require. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young Canadians and most who die by suicide have a mental illness, such as depression. Many young people are suffering in silence because of shame, stigma and lack of care.
Youth will be at the forefront of this ever-growing movement for mental health. And, you can be there with them.
Let's stand in solidarity with our youth - show your support, share the page, encourage youth to call BS!


The Coalition for Child and Youth Mental Health recently held its Annual Summit.  There were many presentations and lectures from expects from across the Province on topics ranging from Mental Health Literacy to First Nations Suicide Prevention.  One in particular that we found of interest to families to help empower them was the

Overview of the Emergency Department Clinical Pathways for Children and Youth with Mental Health Conditions/Addictions Project

 Estimates suggest that between 14 to 21 percent of Canadian children and youth suffer from mental health and/or addiction (MH/A) disorders.  The risk of MH/A issues is greater earlier in life with young people aged 15 to 24 three times more likely to have a substance use problem than people over age 24, and more likely to experience mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Further, the lifetime prevalence of MH/A disorders is approximately 46 percent with the onset of over two-thirds of mental illness occurring prior to the age of 25.

The hospital Emergency Department (ED) is a common and important entry point for children and youth into the MH/A system. In 2009/10 19,582 ED visits by children and youth in Ontario had a MH/A diagnosis. Sixty-six percent of these were for anxiety disorders, mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol, reaction to severe stress/adjustment disorders and depressive episodes. Given that MH/A challenges track into adulthood, the ability to address these disorders at this juncture has potential to greatly impact adult MH/A outcomes.

The purpose of the ‘Emergency Department Clinical Pathways for Children and Youth with Mental Health Conditions/Addictions Work Group’ has been two-fold:
(1) To develop an evidence-informed clinical pathway with decision support tools to guide and support the
care of children and youth presenting to EDs with MH/A problems; and
(2) To ensure seamless transition to follow-up services with relevant community MH/A agencies.

The full report and presentation can be found on our website Userful Resources.





New Support Groups!

 New Listings and group information for Fergus, and Guelph 


 Healthy Minds Canada Anti-Stigma Tool:

Join this Network of Support and share your story.  Healthy Minds Canada is developing an online anti-stigma tool for families and they need our help.  Participate in this great initiative and expand the network of support for you and many others.  Learn more....


Thank you to our wonderful Volunteers

October PCMH was part of the Family Support Expo.  A weekend-long event that provided much needed information and resources to families who are dealing with the stresses of modern living, with specific themes around separation and divorce, and mental health.

Without the time and participaton from those volunteers who helped man our booth and set up and tear down our display - this event would not have been possible for PCMH.  Our volunteers gave of their time on the weekend.  We thank you, and honour you for your ongoing dedication to PCMH and families who have children and youth with mental illnesses.

A very special thank you to Dave and Darlene Devoe who spear-headed the initiative taking on the administrative responsibilities and anything else that they could do to help make this a successful showing for PCMH.  Dave and Darlene spent their wedding anniversary manning the booth and talking to families - now that is dedication - so Happy Anniversary and a big thank you to you both for all you do for PCMH and families!



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