Why can't my kids get help? Issues in access to child and youth mental health


The National Infant Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium invites you to attend

Why can't my kid get help:  Issues in access to child and youth mental health?

A webinar presentation September 9, 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT 

Join us as we welcome Dr. Pat McGrath and Dr. Amanda Newton to provide context to the growing issues around access to appropriate mental health services for children and youth. Find new ways to look at the same situations and explore the many ideas and novel approaches to overcoming the persistent barriers.   We encourage you to come prepared to share your ideas and experience with The Consortium!

Patrick McGrath is a psychologist, professor, scientist and bureaucrat at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs, and the Hospital for Sick Kids, his team developed Strongest Families, a distance intervention for child mental health problems. Trials have been conducted and Strongest Families now serves families in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. 

Mandi Newton is a clinician scientist and assistant professor at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and University of Alberta. She is interested in improving the mental health care children and youth receive in the Emergency Department - an important mental health care systems entry point in times of acute crisis and illness deterioration. To date, evidence-informed clinical practices for this setting are lacking and access to mental health services after a crisis visit to the Emergency Department is a challenge for Canadian families. Dr. Newton’s research bridges researchers, health care providers, decision-makers, and administrators at local, provincial, and national levels to improve service delivery and family experiences.


  • Pat McGrath, OC, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
  • Amanda S. Newton, PhD, RN

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Why can't my kids get help?