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'PCMH'S STATEMENT RE: Ontario Government's Fall Economic Statement

Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is disappointed that the provincial government’s Fall Economic Statement on November 15, 2018 did not include an announcement of new funding for child and youth mental health. Urgent funding is needed to end lengthy wait times faced by thousands of families seeking mental health treatment and supports. PCMH is also very concerned about the reported repeal of the Provincial Children and Youth Act, 2007, which would eliminate the ability of Ontario’s most vulnerable children to voice their concerns about the mental health system to an independent advocate. 

“All children and youth in Ontario have a right to receive mental health treatment when and where they need it and the right to voice their concerns to an independent advocacy body, especially in a system that is grossly underfunded.” said Michele Sparling, Past Chair of PCMH. “We are calling on the government to remain accountable to its commitment to address the child and youth mental health crisis in Ontario through long overdue funding in the 2019 provincial budget."

Toronto Star - Families left powerless by Canada's Mental Health Act
PCMH's Ottawa representative Phyllis Grant-Parker speaks to Toronto Star about the struggles families face when raising children and youth with mental illness.

Brantford PCMH Leader speaks to the Brantford Expositer - see her story
So proud of yet another amazing PCMH Leader and mom who has chosen to stand firmly in front of stigma by telling her story and raising awareness. We are very proud of Krista Emmerson and her son Noah for their strength and courage to advocate and tell their story!

Toronto Star Features Results from RBC poll
Parents do not discuss ment health issues with their chldren - though 65% incorrectly assume their child will come to them with a problem according to RBC Children's Mental Health Parents poll.

Parents for Children's Mental Health Co-Authors: A Family Engagement Training Strategy
Theresa Dostaler and Sarah Cannon
Family engagement training
Meaningful family engagement can improve child and youth mental health outcomes, but sometimes it’s hard to do it well. Community mental health organizations vary in how they involve families at all levels of their work – agency, program and service provider.

The Ontario Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health recognizes that effective family engagement can be a challenge, but believe the tremendous opportunities for stronger care are worth the effort. That’s why they are working with parents and service providers to develop a family engagement training program that is collaborative, practical and responsive to the unique needs of both child and youth mental health agencies and the people they serve.

To ensure that the family engagement training strategy is grounded in the best available evidence, the Centre teamed up with service providers and parents across the province to review the literature, scan the practice landscape and consult with families.

Strategy Badly Needed To Combat Mental Illness
Harry Ahmed
The Barrie Examiner, in partnership with Parents for Children's Mental Health (PCMH), is running a series of commentaries regarding mental health crafted by local candidates -- federal, provincial and municipal -- who took part earlier this year in a unique workshop called 'Invisible Disability' hosted at The Creative Space in Barrie.

Boost For Children's Mental Health
Denise Davy
More than 100 parents fighting for improved children's mental health services took their message to Queen's Park yesterday to demand change.

Awareness the first step towards action
Rose Romita
The Barrie Examiner features local candidates stories and impressions of PCMH's From The Inside workshop.

Anti-bullying expert Coloroso
Kyle Rea
St Thomas chapter brings Barbara Coloroso for community awareness event.

Healing Words For St Thomas
Kyle Rea
London Free Press reports on awareness event with Barbara Coloroso organized by the St Tomas Chapter.

Barrie Examiner Publishes ED Blog
Sarah Cannon
Never underestimate the power of partnerships. After the release of the Select Committee's Report, the power of partnership to push recommendations to action asked of the public.

Mental health issues can leave parents with little support
Local PCMH Peer Support Group featured in local newspaper

Unions and Management Warn of Crisis....
John Bonnar
On November 17th, Sarah Cannon of PCMH participated in a Press Conference with OPSEU, CUPE and CEP, bringing the voices of those who care for our children in service, and at home together to tell the same message.

One in Five
Denise Davy Special Edition on Children's Mental Health

PCMH President speaks with Andrea Gordon

Queen's Park Press Conference

What is exciting to me as a parent is the huge momentum that PCMH has developed in a very short time. Building about the bedrock of previous successes PCMH is now reaching out to … Member, London