Certain mental health challenges present tell-tale symptoms, and are quickly diagnosed. Others may be more elusive, and go undiagnosed for many years. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) suggests that up to 70% of mental illnesses will present themselves before a child reaches their 18th birthday - therefore having a great impact on development and learning. Causes of mental health disorders can vary widely, from biological and genetic disorders, to underlying mental health issues, to environmental causes or work-life-family pressures and stress. There are age and gender specific guidelines for fitness levels, healthy weights, nutritional needs and mental health balance techniques, help you or your loved ones achieve optimal mental health. There are also many treatment options available for various mental health conditions. Do you have questions specific to your own mental health, or that of a friend or loved one? Do you have concerns regarding your child’s behaviour, emotions, or reactions to various situations either at school, at home, or in social settings and you would like the advice of a mental health professional? Would you like guidance or information from a wellness advocate for yourself, a friend or loved one to help you manage your mental health with nutrition and exercise? Are you looking for resources and options within your community to help you manage your overall mental health or face challenges that it may present? Kinjunxion is here to help with sources of support and information.
Resources in ,
Children and Young People's Mental Health
Essentials for Nurses and Other Professionals
The Family Guide to Mental Health Care
Mental Health and the Church
A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions
Another Kind of Madness
A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness
Neuroscience for Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
Promoting Well-Being and Treating Mental Illness
Mental Health, Race and Culture
Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care
Crazy Like Us
The Globalization of the American Psyche
Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care
A First-Rate Madness
Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
Mental Health & Mental Illness
Overcoming Anxiety, Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders in Children and Adults
A New Roadmap for Families and Professionals
Hamilton Mental Health Outreach
Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton
Parents for Children's Mental Health - Hamilton Chapter
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.
Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.
Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate record here
General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.
Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate record here
Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate records here
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate record here
PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.
2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.
3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.
Parents for Children's Mental Health - Family Support Group - Oakville Chapter
- peer to peer assistance and support
- link families to important networks within their communities
- help families access important resources
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Hamilton
Programs in Hamilton include day treatment at Delta Secondary (HAM2899), day treatment at Hill Park Secondary (HAM0840), ASD Adult Residential Program (HAM0586), ASD Adult SIL Program (HAM2868), ASD Day Supports Program - a Transition to Adulthood group at Woodview Manor (HAM2866), ASD Children and Teen groups and camps and Adult ASD Vocational and Passport services (HAM1428) (HAM2866).
Recovery Canada - Burlington Groups - No Physical Address
* weekly group meetings to support those with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, open to the public and visitors to join and observe
* monthly leaders training for interested members who have attended Recovery Canada groups for at least six months
Website includes more information on the Recovery method as well as information on the meeting places, telephone meetings, chat rooms, and online meetings (see here)
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Mental Health and Wellness Resource Centre - West 5th Campus, Harbour North Unit
Joseph Brant Hospital - PACT for Halton - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre
* also known as "Hospital without Walls," the program is organized as a mobile interdisciplinary team that provides round-the-clock clinical treatment, rehabilitative, and support services to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness, in their homes
Services provided by PACT include:
* comprehensive case management with a rehabilitation focus
* crisis assessment and intervention
* symptom assessment and management
* administration and monitoring of medication
* activities of daily living
* social and leisure skills development
* supportive counselling
* support to caregivers
Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
- rapid psychiatric assessment
- treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
- assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
- specialized support to family and friends
- addictions counselling
- peer support
- community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Mental Health and Addiction Program Peer Support Council - West 5th Campus, Rm G209
Peer support groups of the Mental Health and Addiction Program include:
- Open Peer Support Group
- Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
- Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)