How CMHA Can Help
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate assistance, go to the nearest hospital or call 9-1-1.
Contact your General Practitioner for a referral to a qualified mental health care professional.
See below for more information on CMHA’s youth mental health programs and services in your community.
CMHA British Columbia
Blue Wave: the focus is youth talking to youth to share stories of hope, break down the silence around tough topics like mental illness and suicide, and build skills to improve well-being. The program’s aim is for young people to help equip their peers with tools to cope with life’s challenges.
Pandemonium: is recreation-based program/ youth with anxiety group geared toward young people who have a serious mental health issue and who experience anxiety. Pandemonium ultimately helps youth connect with their community, peers and adult role models. Having a place where youth can connect, socialize and begin their road to recovery can alleviated the stress of parents and family members who have supported their youth living with a mental health issue. The program accomplishes all this while providing a fun, social and safe environment for youth.
Super Saturday, Super Sunday and Fun Friday Night: these programs are a no-cost monthly recreation program for children and youth whose parents have a mental illness. It provides a safe, enriching, social and recreational experience for children and youth while giving parents the opportunity to focus on his/her own wellness needs. This program increases the social network of the children and youth, provides opportunity to connect with their community and adult role models, promotes social skill development, builds resilience and confidence. **This program is available in Vancouver, Richmond and currently being piloted in Vernon.
Kamloops Youth Clubhouse: this program features life skills, a meal program, access to clothing / winter coat donations, games, computers and specialized outings such as snowboarding, river tubing, paintball and more. No diagnosis of mental illness required, open to all youths aged 13-18, Tuesday to Friday 4:30-9:30 and Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00pm. Youth learn skills and find a fun, safe non-judgmental place for youths who often times do not fit or face rejection in other places. The program sees young people from all socio-economic groups, but is well-known and often used by homeless street kids as their only meal of the day.
YouthNet Delta: delivered to Grade 10 students in Delta since 2003, YouthNet is an interactive mental health promotion program for youth aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness and creating a supportive climate for youth to access help for mental health concerns. Discussion groups are led by trained youth facilitators who have personal experience with mental health disorders or mental illness.
Building Capacity in our Children: this art therapy program helps kids explore their creative selves while nurturing their emotional health using the creative arts process. A fun, interactive process provides a springboard for discussions on: self-esteem, body image, coping strategies, building community, relationship & social skills building, media literacy, personal safety, bullies and how to make a difference in their world. Program helps kids develop their creativity, critical thinking and self-awareness to help them feel good about themselves inside and out.
CMHA Williams Lake
CONNECT: Connect is an attachment-based 10-week program to support parents or caregivers of teens, who struggle with issues that make it difficult for them to do well at home, at school and in their community. Sessions provide participants with new information about parent-teen relationships and adolescent development. Participants learn to ‘step back’ in emotionally charged situations, recognize and modify their own feelings, while considering the possible meanings behind their adolescent’s behaviour.
Youth Outreach and Family Support Services:Cranbrook based Youth Outreach and Family Support and Kimberley based Alcohol and Drug Youth Outreach and Support programs provide a variety of supportive services to youth and their families referred by social workers, community programs and services, or are self-referred. Services intend to reduce the impact of mental illness; substance abuse; homelessness; high-risk or criminal behaviour; and self-harming and suicidal behaviours.
Children Who Witness Abuse Services: is an psycho-educational program designed to reach children 3-18 who have been exposed to domestic violence. The program provides education, awareness, and emotional support on an individual or group basis to children and their parents/caregivers. Our program staff are specifically trained in providing support to children who have experienced family conflict or witnessed abuse, recognizing their special needs and circumstances.
CMHA Cowichan Valley
U-Fix It BikeWorks & Youth Art Studio: these two outreach programs are available to all youth in the Cowichan Valley. Our mission is to help build a more caring community by engaging with youth while promoting cycling, fitness and environmental awareness. We provide space, tools, parts and adult role models in order to help young people fix bikes. We create opportunities for them to earn their own set of wheels by engaging in creative activities and helping provide affordable cycling services to the community. With no fee and no referral needed, the Bike Shop and Art Studio is a fun-filled place to meet new friends, learn new things and build a bike or create some form of art.
Youth Education Program: provides students with crucial, age appropriate, information on mental illness, youth stress and suicide prevention through the delivery of inclusive mental health presentations. Presentations are available for junior high, senior high and post-secondary students. Presentations are developed and delivered by qualified educators and are offered in an age-appropriate, interactive format with accompanying resource materials and community contact information.
Friends for Life: provides schools, communities and the general public with
presentations, workshops and resources on topics that promote good mental health. The program provides a half-day workshop and intensive two-day suicide intervention workshops through schools and the community. Friends for Life promotes development of the knowledge and skills necessary for the enjoyment of social and emotional health.
Pumping up Mental Health Awareness: this program, part of its PUMPS (Promoting Understanding and Mental-Wellness Promotional Speakers) initiative, is offered in schools and on college and university campuses. Youth mental health promotion teams visit campuses and youth events to create awareness about self-care tips and provide mental health resources.
Early Psychosis Intervention Program (MOD): serves youth and their families who are experiencing early signs and symptoms of psychosis. Services are provided by a multi-dimensional team, including a psychiatrist, nurse, OT, family clinician and social workers.
Transitional Youth Program (TYP): helps youth who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or a mood disorder by providing intensive clinical support and case management interventions. Both of these recovery focused programs help youth continue to achieve their goals at work, school, and with friends, thus minimizing the impact of their illness.
CMHA York and South Simcoe
Help Overcome Psychosis Early (H.O.P.E.): is an early psychosis intervention program that offers services for individuals aged 14 – 35 who are experiencing psychosis for the first time. The multi-disciplinary team works with clients towards an improved quality of life, based on client needs.
Youth Wellness Program: offers workshops to youth (12 to 18 yrs), groups, and one-on-one support . Workshop content enhances knowledge regarding mental, emotional and social well-being. Group work and individual support provide opportunities for youth to develop healthy coping strategies.
The Mental Health and Justice Program: offers support to clients and family throughout the court process and consultation for community agencies and court staff on court matters and mental health issues.
Youth Services – Public Trustee: Public Trustee services specifically for youth aged 16 and 17 and seeking to access social assistance, live independently and build on personal life skills while attending school full time. Supports include assistance with applications, accessing safe housing, maintaining personal health and wellness and connecting youth to additional resources and supports within the community.
Youth Activity & Support Program (YASP): YASP provides life, transferrable employment and independent life skills learning opportunities through groups, information sharing, goal planning and case management opportunities. Guest speakers, recreational programming and homework help resources are also available. The program is geared at providing youth, and their children, who are attending high school and living independently (or who are in need) within the community with the access to supports and opportunities to participate in self-directed activities, skill development and learning. Additional resources for attending youth include shower and laundry facilities, and access to onsite emergency food pantry.
Durham Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) Coalition: The Durham Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) Coalition is a partnership between a group of mental health services providers and school boards. The program’s goal is to educate students and school professionals about mental health issues. Some TAMI supports and events include, working with teachers to provide them with the support and resources (manual, workbook, etc.) to deliver the week long in-class program and annual ‘Stomping Out Stigma’ (SOS) Summits are held as well.
Mental Health First Aid Canada: a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, teaches first aid skills to help someone who is developing mental health problems or is experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved. Mental Health First Aid For Adults Who Interact with Youth is a 14-hour course with a focus on young people 12 to 24 with mental health problems. Both courses may be taken by anyone 18 years of age or older.
CMHA Cochrane Timiskaming
Youth Mental Health Diversion: this program provides support to youth aged 12 to 17 years old who are in conflict with the justice system and have mental health needs, illness or disorders. It is an effective, voluntary alternative to the court process, typically for up to six months and at the successful end of the of the diversion period, charges may be withdrawn by the Crown Attorney. A youth Mental Health Worker will support youth ensuring a collaborative approach with community resources, which may include mental health services, addiction services, telepsychiatry or assessments.
My Life – It’s Cool to Talk About It / Ma vie, c’est cool d’en parler!: is a bilingual, web-based teaching tool designed to help youth ages 12 to 18 years old manage their mental health by encouraging them to talk about their problems and seek help for any mental health issues they may be experiencing.
CMHA New Brunswick
Changing Minds: A program developed in Canada to assists frontline workers, health care workers, parents and youth in recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness. This interactive training is designed to educate, reduce stigma and sensitize individuals to the experience of mental illness.
CMHA Saint John
Kids Have Stress Too!: A program for parents of elementary school aged children. This program provides parents with the information to recognize stress in their children, tools to develop stress management skills in their child and support of other parents.
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland & Labrador
CMHA Newfoundland & Labrador
Think Twice: this program teaches youth about mental health and mental illness in a non- threatening environment. The program helps youth begin important conversations about mental health and mental illness with their peers, family, teachers and mental health professionals.
Kids Have Stress Too!: Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada, this board-based primary prevention program helps parents and caregivers understand childhood stress and how to provide children with the tools to deal with stress effectively.
Up to 70 per cent of young adults living with mental health problems report that the symptoms started in childhood.