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 ,
My Sh*t Therapist
& Other Mental Health Stories
What Is Mental Illness?
National Expenditures for Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (1996)
Mental Health & Mental Illness
Children and Young People's Mental Health
Essentials for Nurses and Other Professionals
Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions
Depression and Other Mental Health Issues
The Filipino American Experience
Mental Health and the Church
A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions
Mental Health Information for Teens
Health Tips about Mental Wellness and Mental Illness Including Facts about Mental and Emotional Health, Depression and Other Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Self-injury, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, and More
Another Kind of Madness
A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness
Common Mental Health Disorders
Identification and Pathways to Care
Hamilton Mental Health Outreach
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)
Parents for Children's Mental Health - Family Support Group - Burlington Chapter
* provide support, education, and empowerment by linking networks of families, communities, agencies and government
Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton
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 listing 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 listing 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 listings here
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate listing 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.
Hamilton Mental Health Outreach - Leisure Time
Parents for Children's Mental Health - Hamilton Chapter
Summit Housing and Outreach Programs - Mental Health Supportive Housing and Outreach Programs, Burlington Office - Burlington Office
Halton HOMES Program
provides affordable housing and supports for adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)
* for clients with severe and persistent mental illness, with priority given to people with schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders and with bipolar disorder
Outreach case management/support service
* for clients 18 years of age or older with a diagnosed mental illness living in the community
Core supportive housing program
* provides safe, secure, affordable, and decent accommodation in a variety of settings
* rent-geared-to-income housing
Justice Supportive Housing Program
* provides affordable accommodation and flexible supports for people with serious mental illness who have come into conflict with the criminal justice system
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)
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
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
* clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
* 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
* community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge
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).