children’s mental health
The Family Health Team Physician or Primary Care Provider works in collaboration with a Registered Social Worker to increase access to child and youth mental health services and increase early detection and intervention of child and youth mental health problems. 1 in 5 kids struggles with their mental health. A comprehensive assessment directs treatment options. The length and type of service provided depends on the nature of the presenting issues, but is typically brief in nature. .
- Individual and family therapy
- Group work as available, for example Adolescent Skill Building Groups are offered regularly
- Referrals for psychiatric evaluation can be accessed through the Hospital for Sick Children, Sunnybrook Hospital and Waypoint’s Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program as appropriate.
- Collaboration with community partners including schools, CAS or children’s mental agencies.
when to seek help
- Marked fall in school performance
- Severe worry or anxiety, as shown by regular refusal to go to school, go to sleep or take part in activities that are normal for the child’s age
- Frequent physical complaints
- Hyperactivity, fidgeting, constant movement or difficulty paying attention
- Frequent, unexplainable temper tantrums
- Persistent disobedience or aggression (longer than 6 months)
Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents
- Self-injury or self destructive behavior
- Strange thoughts, beliefs, feelings or unusual behaviors
- Repeated use of alcohol or drugss
- Intense fear of becoming obese, excessive dieting, throwing up or using laxatives
- Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
- Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating
- Sexual acting out
- Depression as shown by sustained, prolonged negative mood and attitude or severe mood swings.