Helpful Links

Although far from an exhaustive list, below are some organizations that are helpful to professionals working with children, youth and their families and to community members who are interested in the issue of mental health in Canada.

Provincial and national organizations

WAYS’ professional associations

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. Children’s Mental Health Ontario is the primary catalyst in both strengthening Ontario’s child and youth mental health agencies and enhancing mental health services for children, youth and their families in Ontario. WAYS Is an accredited member of CMHO.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health strives to strengthen front-line service outcomes by helping Ontario child and youth mental health agencies use evidence to provide the best possible care. The Centre provides a range of collaborative tools, services, programs and training that support individuals and organizations as they seek, use and share knowledge to promote the best possible mental health and well-being for all children and youth.

Safeguards Training for Children and Adult Services is a unique training program that began in 1995 as a joint training project by five provincial associations in Ontario. It was designed to meet the highly specialized training needs of staff serving vulnerable children, youth, adults and families in Ontario.

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre – Gail Appel Institute’s mission is to build knowledge and capacity in children and families’ mental health through education and outreach. The Institute offers advanced education to those who work with children and families in a variety of mental health professions.

The Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) is a national, not-for-profit organization offering accreditation specifically tailored to community-based health and social service organizations across Canada. The CCA was formed through the partnership of 5 Canadian associations of community service providers, bringing together our combined 100 years of accreditation experience. CCA’s program is uniquely positioned to enrich the accreditation process for community-based organizations. WAYS is a Participating Organization of, and is accredited by CCA.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. Children’s Mental Health Ontario is the primary catalyst in both strengthening Ontario’s child and youth mental health agencies and enhancing mental health services for children, youth and their families in Ontario. WAYS Is an accredited member of CMHO.

The New Mentality is a network of youth facilitated groups from across Ontario who work with partner agencies in their communities to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Each group has dedicated youth and adult allies who work together on projects throughout the year to promote meaningful engagement by empowering youth to concentrate on the work they are most passionate about. We work to foster youth voice to influence change within the mental health system and beyond.

Once a year, every group from across Ontario sends 2 or 3 youth accompanied by their adult allies to meet with the other groups from the network to brainstorm ideas, share projects, build skills and make connections at an event we call Disable The Label. The New Mentality is a program of Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

Youth Justice Ontario is an association representing over 50 agencies province wide that provide services to youth involved in the youth justice system. The agencies that we are comprised of provide a wide spectrum of multi-faceted services which range from prevention and early intervention programs, to custody and community aftercare.

Pillar Nonprofit Network supports nonprofit member organizations in fulfilling their missions in our community, while also making connections for community impact. Pillar provides leadership, advocacy and professional development, and promotes volunteerism, networking opportunities and information sharing. Pillar also believes fostering social enterprise, social innovation and cross-sector collaboration are key strategic priorities in building stronger and more inclusive communities.

Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) believe that children, youth and their families suffering from mental health challenges deserve our extreme respect and assurance. PCMH is dedicated to improving the lives of these families. For 20 years PCMH has been improving the lives of families and the services for child and youth mental health.

  • WE LINK families to important networks within their communities to ensure they get the care they need and the support of families who can relate and support them.
  • WE UNDERSTAND the issues around child and youth mental health challenges and the stigma that prevents the work and conversations that need to happen.
  • WE HELP communities and families access important resources so they can begin their journey of healing.