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The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO



March 2009

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Centre Product Library

Finding what you need to promote the best mental health and well-being for every child and youth shouldn’t involve a game of hide and seek. Having high-quality information, useful tools and relevant resources at your fingertips is important, but finding things is sometimes harder than it should be.

A new Centre product library will hopefully make things easier. The Centre is committed to developing – and sharing – useful and relevant products that will support an effective and coordinated mental health system that makes sense for children and youth. To that end, we are pleased to announce a new section of our website where you can find Centre products all under one electronic roof.

The products page provides all of our stakeholders with one-stop-shopping for tools and resources the Centre has developed in its first four years. In addition to very brief descriptions of each product, you will find one-page summaries of what the product is, why it is important and how it was developed. Even better, you can access the full product in seconds with a simple click of your mouse. We invite you to explore the diverse selection of resources listed below, where you will find one-page summaries of the products along with links to access the full documents on demand.

You can find the products page by visiting the Centre’s website and clicking on Centre products in the left-hand menu or the shortcut just to the right of the mural. To start, the Centre has featured nine products on the new webpage. They are:

  • Med Ed
  • Program evaluation online learning modules
  • Ready…Set…Engage!
  • Policy papers on poverty, youth violence and rooting mental health in an aboriginal world view

Of course, the Centre has produced many additional products over the last few years. The Centre products page will constantly evolve to include existing products – toolkits, frameworks, research publications, handbooks, fact sheets and pamphlets – as well as new products that are currently under development. For example, you will soon see Centre-developed webinars on a variety of topics, a new policy paper on integration and a stigma-awareness module for teachers to use in the classroom. The Centre's collection of knowledge products is always growing, so stop by often to see what's new.


YOOMAGAZINE.NET: ONLINE HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY FOR YOUTH is an interactive health and mental health literacy program designed for youth, parents and teachers. It gives youth reliable information in a variety of formats while providing schools with timely information about students' health and mental health needs.

Online Program Evaluation Learning Modules

The Centre’s online learning modules make step-by-step program evaluation information available wherever and whenever it’s needed. The three individual modules cover how to plan and do program evaluation, as well as how to use evaluation information.

Policy-Ready Papers

The Centre teams up with leading Ontario researchers to produce policy-ready papers that are directly relevant to child and youth mental health. Reports on youth violence and poverty are available now, as well as a summary of how aboriginal and western world views affect our perceptions of mental health issues.

Do you have a topic to suggest for Focal Point? Send it to

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Program evaluation Grants: May 1st deadline is fast approaching!

The Centre is ready to accept applications for its 2009-2010 Evaluation Capacity Building Grant (ECBG) and Evaluation Implementation Grant (EIG) competitions. These awards are designed to help organizations build their capacity for evaluation and collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders to achieve common goals.

Successful ECBG applicants will receive up to $10,000 over a seven-month award term to develop an evaluation framework for a program with direct relevance to child and youth mental health. The ECBG award term is September 1st, 2009 to March 31st, 2010.

Agencies that already have a comprehensive evaluation plan can apply for Evaluation Implementation Grants (EIG). Successful EIG applicants will receive up to $30,000 over a one-year award term to evaluate a program with direct relevance to child and youth mental health. The EIG award term is September 1st, 2009 to August 31st, 2010.

Organizations interested in applying for either grant are required to contact one of the Centre’s research associates by May 1, 2009, prior to submitting an application. A member of our team will help organizations decide which grant is right for them and assist them with the application process.

The application deadline for both grants is June 1, 2009. Detailed information about the Centre’s grants and award processes is available online at

Upcoming deadlines for the grants and awards program …

  • Dare to Dream Program – March 31, 2009
  • Expertise Mobilization Awards – July 2, 2009
  • Individual and Group Professional Development Awards - Submit anytime (Open Call)

For more information about these or other funding opportunities visit us online at

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A New Hat For Our Executive Director

The Centre is pleased to announce that Dr. Ian Manion has been named the inaugural chair of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium. The network includes dozens of member organizations from across the country working towards a cohesive national action plan for child and youth mental health. Along with Janice Popp from the Southern Alberta Child & Youth Health Network and Specialized Family Services (co-chair), Dr. Manion will encourage Consortium members to harness the power of their collective knowledge, partnerships, experience to give every child and youth the opportunity to thrive.

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Upcoming Conference

TOWARDS 2020: Canada's Commitment to Children & Youth
April 27th – April 29th 2009
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario .

Join with experts, creative thinkers, architects of change, visionaries, teachers, story tellers, thinkers and leaders of all ages connected in some way to Canada's children and youth as they share their thoughts and ideas on building a new agenda for a new generation. Towards 2020 will bring 500 delegates and 40 speakers to Ottawa for an exciting event that will consider the critical issues and opportunities young people face as we move towards the year 2020 and beyond. The conference will examine our collective roles and responsibilities and challenge us to shape a vision of the future that protects and improves the lives of our young people. Participants at Towards 2020 will collectively produce an action plan or blueprint for improving the way we work with, and for, Canadian children and youth.

Towards 2020 speakers include: Romeo Dallaire, Raffi Cavoukian, Reginald Bibby, Sally Armstrong, Phil Fontaine, Ben Barry, Stan Kutcher, and Kellie Leitch.

For information email

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Online Program Evaluation Modules Now Available

In January 2009, the Centre launched three online modules specific to separate phases of program evaluation – planning, doing, and using. They take users through the program evaluation process from beginning to end and include helpful information about program logic models, indicators and measures. They also help agencies and service providers develop evaluation programs that can be used to improve service and processes in a sustainable way.

The online learning modules can be freely accessed from the Centre’s website. The modules function in any Flash-supported browser and ensure performance for users connecting to the Internet at speeds of 56 kbps or greater. The modules are also available in CD format for those agencies unable to access them online. The modules are currently available in English, with the French versions coming soon.

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We are proud to announce that as of April 1, 2009, the Centre will be assuming responsibility for, an exciting initiative that makes it easy for communities to establish an online mental health resource system, including local services, events and information. was originally developed by Dr. Michael Cheng and Crossroads Children’s Centre, and is currently operating in several communities across Ontario. The Centre is committed to expanding this tool across the province and beyond. Its cost-efficient and easy-to-maintain format makes it an attractive option to house a wide range of information under one electronic roof.

For information or to find out how your community can join, visit the website or contact the Centre.

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Family Unit Self-Stigma

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is inviting individuals, agencies and teams to submit proposals to address self-stigma for a child or youth experiencing a mental disorder or mental illness as well as self-stigma for the family unit. Proposed projects should identify needs and effective strategies for understanding and tackling the impact of self-stigma.

To access the RFP, visit the MHCC website ( Questions should be directed to Brenda Leung, associate research officer, at

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Eric Wellman

Eric Wellman

Eric Wellman has joined the Centre as website administrator, filling in for Kristen Keilty who is currently on maternity leave. Eric's background in computer science and interactive multimedia is a huge asset to the Centre, and Eric currently manages the technical requirements of our website as well as important internal software applications. Eric is known for his quick problem solving skills, which will be put to the test when he, his wife, and his two-year-old son welcome twins within the next few months.

Eric can be reached at 613-737-7600 Ext. 3326 or

Erin Smith 

Erin Smith

Erin Smith has joined the Centre team as the youth engagement coordinator. She brings several years of local and international experience in the promotion of children’s rights and youth participation to the Centre.

Here at the Centre, Erin provides opportunities for youth to be engaged, to advise others and to speak out about their experiences with mental health difficulties.

Orsolya Vaska 

Orsolya Vaska

Orsolya Vaska recently joined the Centre as a research assistant with the knowledge exchange team.

She is currently helping to maintain the Centre's Grants and Awards Index and is working with Dr. Purnima Sundar to provide support in the administration of the Community Mobilization Awards. She is also supporting the research and evaluation evaluation team in the launch of an online module in program evaluation.

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