Parent Resources

Parents Resources

Parenting can be one of the most rewarding but also one of the most challenging roles. When your child is showing early signs of or is struggling with mental health concerns, the job becomes even tougher, and the whole family is affected. Finding the information and services you need is not always easy. Here are a few resources that may help.

WAYS is a member of Children’s Mental Health Ontario, the organization which represents 85 accredited child and youth mental health centres in Ontario. They have prepared excellent resources for parents about what child and youth mental health concerns can look like, how to get help and what to expect when you reach out to a child and youth mental health service.

The Canadian Mental Health Association has information about child and youth mental health concerns, what you can do to help a child or youth and how to help youth with mental health challenges transition to adult mental health services.

Parents for Children’s Mental Health is a network of parents of children with mental health concerns and is dedicated to supporting parents to ensure that children, youth and their families have access to all the mental health services and community supports they need to minimize their suffering and achieve their personal potential.

Mental Health 4 Kids supports the mental health of children and youth through the provision of current and relevant information to kids, parents, educators and service providers within Elgin, Huron, London/Middlesex, Perth and Oxford counties.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has numerous short videos about parenting children and youth of all ages and full of helpful information. There are topics such as parenting foundations, growth and development, technology, mental health and how to talk to your child or teen about sexual health and substance misuse

London Middlesex

The Crisis and Intake Team (C-IT) offers a 24 hour, 7 days a week phone line available to families in crisis. A trained professional will answer your call and help you with your concern in the moment, and connect you to the right services at 1 of 3 child and youth mental health centres in London: WAYS, Vanier Children’s Services and Craigwood Youth Services.
519-433-0334

“Talk-in” Clinics: Walk-in youth mental health counseling

Clinics are available for youth aged 12 to 17 and/or their families concerned about substance abuse, bullying, anxiety, depression and general well-being

Craigwood Youth Services
520 Hamilton Road, London
Mondays 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Last appointment at 5:00 p.m.

Westmount Family Centre
1019 Viscount Road, London
Tuesdays 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Last appointment at 5:00 p.m.

Family Centre Carling Thames
335 Belfield Street, London
Thursdays 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Last appointment at 5:00 p.m.

Whiteoaks Family Centre
565 Bradley Ave, London
Thursdays 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Last appointment at 6:00 p.m.

Middlesex-London Health Unit parenting classes

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a positive parenting program that supports parents of children and youth at all stages of development, aged 1 to 18. Triple P has been shown through research to be highly effective. The Middlesex-London Health Unit offers Triple P programs on a one-to-one basis and in both large and small.

Chatham-Kent

The Crisis and Community Support Team in Chatham-Kent provides flexible, trauma-informed, individualized support to children and youth up to 18 and their families, who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. There is a 24/7 crisis line available for youth and their parents.
519-354-2065, Crisis line – 519-354-4095

Chatham-Kent Children’s Services Mental Health (CKCS)

CKCS offers counselling for all children and youth under 18 at no cost.
465 Grand Avenue
519-352-0440

Child, Youth & Family Support Fund

WAYS’ Child, Youth and Family Support Fund was established to provide financial support to improve the immediate well-being of a current client or family at WAYS in either London Middlesex or Chatham-Kent. This flexible fund has helped a family pay their heating bills; purchased supplies for a young mom and her new baby; supplied gasoline cards to a parent to commute to visit their child in care, just to name a few. If you would like to request assistance, please contact your WAYS worker.

London Middlesex

Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC)

OEYC is a place for children up to age 6, and their parents and caregivers, to take part in programs and activities together. Parents and caregivers can also get information about their children’s development, services like early learning and literacy, programs on pregnancy and parenting and information on where to find services.

265 Maitland Street
Jean Vanier Elementary School, 1019 Viscount Road
1892 Dundas Street E.

Chatham-Kent

Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC)

OEYC is a place for children up to age 6, and their parents and caregivers, to take part in programs and activities together. Parents and caregivers can also get information about their children’s development, services like early learning and literacy, programs on pregnancy and parenting and information on where to find services.

Queen Elizabeth II Public School
79 Eugenie Street, Chatham, Ontario N7M 3Y9