The Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health unites education, mental health, community and health sectors in a movement to promote the priority of social and emotional well-being as a part of healthy child development in Ontario and to make it a priority that drives integrated public policy in the province.
An integrated approach that involves collaboration across all the sectors that serve children and youth is essential. The Coalition aims to be a catalyst for province-wide change, to be a model for how we can work differently and effectively together to improve, in a positive and sustained way, supports and services for children and youth wherever they live in Ontario.
The Coalition recognizes that no one group or organization can do this work alone. It is a shared responsibility that will take a concerted and collaborative effort to bring this pervasive health issue out of the shadows.
Click here for more information on the Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health
Mental health professionals and organizations involved in suicide prevention are concerned about aspects of the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. This series depicts events leading to death by suicide of a young fictional character, and covers other troubling issues like bullying, violence, and sexual assault. While the series may inspire helpful dialogue about these issues, it also has potential for harm for those who may be struggling with a mental health problem and/or suicidal ideation.
To help those trying to understand the concerns and school boards looking to respond to comments and concerns from their communities, School Mental Health Assist has created a comprehensive FAQ. The FAQ is also available in French.
In November 2013, the Coalition responded to a call for submissions on the Government of Ontario’s From Great to Excellent: The Next Phase in Ontario's Education Strategy consultation. To read the response in full, please click here.