Parents for Children's Mental Health



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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


PCMH wishes all its members and families a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for the ongoing fellowship of families who are committed to being participants of meaningful change to the child and youth mental health system, and for the support of families, members, and all involved with making Parents for Children's Mental Health the most recognized voice of families. 

Our goal is to provide you with the latest updates from PCMH as well as to link you with other interesting events, resources, and information pertaining to the Child and Youth Mental Health efforts in Ontario.





Some great learning opportunities for families coming up. 

Did you miss our Summit?  Don't worry - we have the information you missed posted!  For a review  of the workshops and to download the presentations and information from our Summit Click Here

Healthy Minds Symposia from September 30, 2012 - For a broadcast of the presentations held across Canada on September 30, 2012 - click here

Registration is still open for the CMHO Annual Conference - and Family Sponsorships Still Available.  For more information on the CMHO Conference click here

 CMHA Toronto will be holding the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family to Family Education Program this fall. This is a 12-week educational program for families who have a loved one living with mental health challenges, and is taught by trained family members. The course is offered free of charge and includes:

• Current information about major mental illnesses, dual-diagnosis, and concurrent disorders
• Information about most effective treatments which promote recovery and strategies to encourage treatment adherence
• Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
• Developing problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
• Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
• Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
• Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community The course will be held in the evenings at the 700 Lawrence Avenue West site, Suite 480, across the street from the Lawrence West TTC station. If you know of a family who would benefit from the Family to Family program, please have them contact Patti Phipps-Walker, Public Education Administrator at or 416-789-7957 ext. 260. Registration by telephone only. 
For more information about CMHA workshops

 Bully - The Movie -

The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council in partnership with Lutherwood will be presenting the documentary “Bully” free to the community.   This intense documentary following the lives of five youth over the course of a school year will be followed by a panel of experts from the community who will talk about resources and strategies for bullying and answer questions from the audience.  You can register on line at for one of three viewings:
Wednesday October 24, Princess Twin K-W, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm OR 6:30 – 9:00
Tuesday November 6, Theatre, University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge,  6:30 – 9:00

Family Centred Literature Review. - Advancing Family-Centred Care in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - A Critical Review of the Literature (Gail MacKean et al). "Family Centred care is a key factor in increasing health and related system responsiveness to the needs of children and families; unfortunately, it is an unfamiliar service model in children's mental health.  This critical review of the literature addresses three key questions: What are the concepts, characteristics, and principles of FCC in the context of delivering mental health services to children?  What are the enablers, barriers, and demonstrated benefits to using a family-centred approach to care in children's mental health? And how can we facilitate moving an FCC model forward in children's mental health?



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

Congratulations to Cenza Cacciotti, our Family Support Provider in York Region for her recognitions during Autism Awareness Month!

Cenza was honoured for her work with the York Regional Police for bringing autism awareness to her local police service.  She was acknowledged for her efforts in training over 1000 police officers in recognizing autism and reducing risk in the event they come into contact with individuals who have developmental, intellectual or emotional challenges. She was also thanked for being a frequent presenter at their Mental Health Awareness training sessions.

At the Autism Ontario - York Region's 25th Annivesary, Cenza was acknowledged for her work with the York Regional Police for her involvement in making Project Lifesaver a permanent program in York Region, collaborating a community partnership between the York Regional Police and Autism Ontario - York Region Chapter, her roles as SEAC Rep and Past President with the York Chapter and her families involvement in two provincial awareness campaigns in which both of her daughters played a major role.

What an amazing contribution to her community and the PCMH team!




Movember is coming.......

This Movember proceeds will be going to support Men's Mental Health Initiatives.  Another great way to create conversations about mental illness. Find out ways you can become involved in Movember here

 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....

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