Support Groups

Our Chapters offer peer to peer support groups across the Province

Become a Chapter Leader

PCMH is recruiting Chapter Leaders to provide local peer to peer support

Support PCMH

Support PCMH in providing families with peer to peer support, system navigation, and help to educate and empower.

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Contact Information

C. Corrine Bridge

E.Windsor@pcmh.ca

** COVID 19 UPDATE** Parents for Children’s Mental Health is working to keep our volunteers and staff healthy during the COVID—19 pandemic and we continue to monitor the rapidly changing developments.  Our support groups continue to be closed; however, we know that in times like these we still need to be able to access our support systems.  To connect with one of our family peer support volunteers please email: support@pcmh.ca.  Please note this is a volunteer, peer lead support email.  We DO NOT provide crisis or clinical services of any kind.  Our emails will be answered within 48 hours. If you, or someone you love is at immediate risk please contact your local emergency services or dial 911.

COVID-19 is impacting people in various ways and it is understandable that during times like these many people are feeling worried, anxious, overwhelmed, and this is further complicated by many of the resources we rely on being closed during this pandemic.

We want to remind you that there are still options to access supports for your and/or your children.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000

Remember during these times to stay in touch with your support systems and reach out if you need support.

Meeting Information: meetings cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. Please check back here for future meeting dates.

When: The first Thursday of each month.

Meeting dates for 2020: Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7 and June 4

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Community Living Windsor Building, 7025 Enterprise Way, Windsor, ON N8T 3N6

"I wanted to say thanks so much for conducting these meetings once a month.  I was feeling a little overwhelmed during the meeting, but began to relax a little as I felt less alone. The group of people were fantastic and I'm really looking forward to going again next month."

Family Member - Windsor Support Group

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Karen Wilson- Chapter Leader

For the past 20 years Karen has advocated for her sons Robert 20, and Matthew 18, who both have disabilities. Karen holds a valid teaching licence but chooses to do advocacy for families coming through the complex mental health system instead of being in a classroom. She began her work with Parents for Children’s Mental Health about 16 years ago when she was asked to do a public awareness project in Windsor by the previous executive director, the founder of PCMH. She continues to be an active member and Chapter leader in Windsor Essex. She holds monthly support groups. Her PCMH leadership role opens opportunities for her to participate in many consultations across the province. She is regularly in Toronto and London where she provides the family voice to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and to The Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Karen is grateful for the families she meets and works with to assist and provide direction to navigate the complex world of children’s mental health in our community and province. She is inspired by the commitment and incredible passion and creativity parents bring in their role of helping their children and families become mentally well!

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Charlene Nafziger 

Charlene’s personal journey into the world of mental health began when her daughter was 14 years old. Navigating the mental health system of long and short term hospital stays, support teams, day and residential programs has helped her become more aware of the resources that are available. Most importantly, she knows firsthand how difficult the system is to manage and how isolating, lonely and stigmatizing it can be. Sometimes it just helps to have people who can listen and understand - and to remind you that, no matter what, you and your child will get through this.
 

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Corrine Bridger

Corrine is a mother of three fantastic boys ranging from 18-7 who are all neurodivergent and have mental health struggles. Corrine's background is in nonprofit work and after leaving work to support her family's needs full time she connected with PCMH in a time of crisis and has been so grateful for the support received through the group that when ask to take on more of a leadership role within the Windsor chapter she was humbled and honoured to do so. Corrine loves connecting with families and has a passion for supporting parents and caregivers, the ability to connect with people who have lived experience is vital for people to feel empowered, supported, understood and not alone. Corrine has co-ordinated community events such as "My Neurodivergent Child" bringing together community resource providers, educators and families and well as serving on various boards and committees including the Mental Health Commision of Canada Early Childhood Mental Health group and being a on the parents advisory board of Autism Advocate Parenting Magazine. 

Parents for Children's Mental Health believe that children, youth, and their families suffering from mental health challenges deserve our extreme respect and assurance.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of these families.
 

WE LINK families to important networks within their communities to ensure they get the care they need and the support of families who can relate and support them.

WE UNDERSTAND the issues around child and youth mental health challenges and the stigma that prevents the work and conversations that need to happen.

WE HELP communities and families access important resources so they can begin their journey of healing.

Windsor Chapter

I really appreciated the help last nite.I knew who to call and your talk was very inspiring for the audience. You are changing peoples lives and helping move a tired system into … Marc Roberts, Executive Director, OECYC