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Chatham-Kent Chapter



Contact Information

C. Laurie and Heather



Next Event: “CAUGHT IN THE NET” A presentation for families about navigating the ‘Interwebs’ with your Tween/Teen

When: Wednesday January 29th  7pm-8:30pm

Location: ACCESS Open Minds 140 King Street W. Chatham, ON

Topics include: Cyberbullying / Bullying, Sexting & The Law, Social Media Safety, Healthy Limits & Digital Boundaries, and Self Esteem & Consent


Parents Support Group Meeting - Drop-In Coffee Support 

Drop in for a warm beverage and a time of connecting with other family members the last Wednesday of the month on the following dates: Sept 25th, Oct 30th and Nov 27th, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at ACCESS Open Minds.  We look forward to meeting you!

*Note: Email is checked regularly, and during the month of December families can access support by reaching out this way or by contacting Laurie at 519-437-6329 ext 6012.

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.

I just wanted to say thank you to you and the governing body at PCMH. The newsletters are an important source of knowledge and support. I have found that this journey in … Member, St. Thomas