Children's Mental Health Week 2013

Children’s Mental Health Week is an annual campaign to raise public awareness of the signs of mental health difficulties, the importance of early treatment, and the effective services that are available for children, youth and their families.

What is a mental health difficulty?

Mental health difficulties are struggles with feelings, behaviour or relationships that seriously affect daily functioning at home, at school, or in the community. 1 in 5 young people — that’s 88,000 children and youth (ages 0 to 24) in Peel Region — have a diagnosable mental health difficulty. The most common mental health difficulties in young people are behaviour disorders (e.g. defiance, bullying), anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, and eating disorders.

Signs of a mental health difficulty

Many children and youth exhibit these characteristics and behaviours from time to time during normal development:

  • getting significantly lower marks in school
  • avoiding friends and family
  • having frequent outbursts of anger
  • losing her/his appetite
  • having difficulty sleeping
  • rebelling against authority
  • drinking and/or using drugs
  • not doing things he/she used to enjoy
  • damaging property
  • worrying constantly
  • experiencing frequent mood swings
  • not concerned with her/his appearance
  • obsessed with her/his weight
  • lacking energy or motivation
  • hitting or bullying other children
  • attempting to injure himself/herself.

However, if these characteristics or behaviours are intense, long-lasting, inappropriate for the child’s age, or interfering with the child's life, they may be signs of a mental health difficulty.

If your child has mental health difficulties, it is important to get help. Left untreated, kids in distress can turn to drugs and alcohol, become suicidal, drop out of school, become violent, or withdraw into silence and isolation. The good news is that treatment works, leading to better outcomes and happier lives.

How do I get help?

Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
(Centralized Intake) provides access to a broad range of mental health services for children and youth ages 0 – 24 who live in Brampton, Caledon or Mississauga. If you are a parent, service provider, or youth over age 12, call 905-451-4655. These services are free of charge for children and youth living in Peel Region.

PCC operates a Crisis Response Service. If you are a child/youth under age 18, or the child’s parent or caregiver, call 416-410-8615 to get help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tangerine Walk-In Counselling is a service provided, in partnership, by Associated Youth Services of Peel, Peel Children’s Centre, and Rapport Youth & Family Services. Call 905-795-3530 or visit Walk-in days, locations and hours are:

Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (last walk-in session is at 6:00 pm)
Associated Youth Services of Peel, 160 Traders Blvd. East, Suite 100, Mississauga, ON

Wednesdays, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (last walk-in session is at 6:00 pm)
Peel Children’s Centre, 85A Aventura Court, Mississauga, ON (SE corner, Hurontario St/Derry Rd)

Thursdays, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (last walk-in session is at 6:00 pm)
Rapport Youth & Family Services,* 155 Clark Blvd, Unit 11, Brampton, ON 
* This location serves youth up to their 21st birthday

New! Thursdays, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (last walk-in session is at 6:00 pm)
Dixie-Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, 3650 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON

Any child or youth, regardless of age or circumstance, can develop a mental health difficulty. Please call if you need support or advice. Mental health treatment gives kids and families hope for a bright future.

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