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Chatham-Kent Chapter



Contact Information

C. Laurie and Heather


P. 519-437-6329 ext. 6012 - ACCESS Open Minds - If you are unable to reach us by email you can call this number and leave us a message, which is for peer support.

** 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:  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.


Chapter Leader - Laurie 

Laurie believes that peer support enables family/caregivers to tell their story to someone who has been in similar shoes. As family/caregivers are given the tools to cope and to be led to services that they feel will best meet their needs, they will feel strengthened for the journey, enabling hope to build. Laurie has lived experience as a parent and believes that everyone has mental health, as they do physical health, and that at times, support is needed to return someone to a state of mental wellness. She is passionate that stigma be stamped out and believes this happens through knowledge building.

Laurie was an elementary teacher for 31 years and knows all too well that from an early age there can be signs of mental distress. She believes that when mental illness is taught and normalized, stigma will be decreased in order that accessing services can happen early in a child’s life, which data shows leads to better outcomes.

Laurie is passionate that her community of Chatham-Kent be linked to a larger network in order that Chatham-Kent has a voice at the provincial level.  Belonging to PCMH will enable family and caregivers in our community to feel supported, to be part of a movement that promotes public understanding of child/youth mental health disorders/illness through education, and to feel empowered to advocate for services that are family-centred and seamlessly delivered. 

Laurie believes in the power of connecting with others … “Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together!” It is Laurie’s hope that the Chatham-Kent chapter of PCMH will continually grow and will meet the needs of its members.

Chapter Leader - Heather

Heather is a strong believer that it takes a village to raise a family and with the right support and tools, there are opportunities for growth for both our youth and our families.

She works as a Social Worker, working with patients and families to improve their health care experiences.  In the past she worked with clients that struggled with mental health and/or substance use issues.  She believes that openness, fairness and equality in care melts away stigma and invites empathy, compassion and acceptance.

Heather believes strongly in Chatham-Kent and our ability as a community to empower our youth to overcome challenges to find success.  It is an honour to provide support to parents of children with mental health struggles in an effort to improve their own lives.

Family/Caregiver Support Groups


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.

Thanks for being there!!! … Member, PCMH