Mental Health Consortium

National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium

In October 2006, CAPHC hosted a mental health symposium entitled “Reclaiming the Mental Health of our Children & Youth - A National Call to Action”. The recommendations from this event led to the creation of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium in 2007.

Momentum and a true collaborative spirit have continued to build resulting in consensus on the following principles:

  • The need to actively engage families, caregivers, children and youth in the process of building a national mental health action plan;
  • The need to work and partner with key individuals, organizations and government across sectors (municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal), professional organizations and NGOs in the process of building a national action plan.
  • The need to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health;
  • The need to focus on the following:
    • Prevention and promotion
    • Access to and availability of comprehensive care
    • Research & Knowledge Mobilization, and
    • Education

The members of the national consortium cooperatively lead the activities of the group and, to date, over 25 organizations representing regional, provincial and national organizations across Canada have joined the Consortium.

Webinars & Presentations

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» Upcoming Research Opportunities in Mental Health Services For Children and Youth

Reclaiming the Mental Health of our Children & Youth: A National Call to Action

Introduction/Background

  • Mental health related issues in Canada have reached crisis proportion among children and youth.
  • Over 1.25 million children and youth in Canada have a significant mental health problem.
  • Services are frequently inadequate and fragmented.
  • The current system of mental health care has too many silos and is not sufficiently collaborative or focused on the needs of children, youth and their families.
  • The challenges in this area are daunting. However, progress in overcoming the significant and prevalent mental health problems of infants, children and youth will only be possible with innovative fundamental, clinical, social/cultural and health services research.

Milestones to Date

Going Forward –Building Consensus & Developing a National Action Plan

  • It is recognized that the issue of infant, child and youth mental health cannot be addressed in isolation and requires the partnership and leadership of many organizations.
  • In October 2006, as part of their annual conference, CAPHC hosted a mental health symposium entitled “Reclaiming the Mental Health of our Children & Youth - A National Call to Action” The recommendations from this event have lead to the creation of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium.
  • CAPHC’s role is to serve the National Consortium as a facilitator in this national collaborative process; 
  • The members of the national consortium will cooperatively lead the activities of the Consortium.
  • To date, over 25 organizations have been recognized by the Consortium, representing regional, provincial and national organizations from across Canada.
  • Recommended priorities include:
    • Development of a Communication Strategy.
    • Activities include: planning and hosting a large scale symposium, hosting 1 or 2 webinars a year for Consortium members to network and share information, building a mechanism for promising practice and pockets of excellence to be shared across the country, monthly updates or newsletter
    • Advancing knowledge and evidence to be used to improve mental health and enhance capacity building for national research
    • Development of a Child and Youth Mental Health Research Network, knowledge exchange repository,
    • Building an Evidence-based culture

Recognizing the need for broad cross sector expertise and representation, the Consortium will maintain an “open door policy” in welcoming new individuals and organizations as we go forward.

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