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



May 2007 - Special Edition

National Child and Youth Mental Health Day
May 7, 2007

Today marks Canada’s first National Child and Youth Mental Health Day. This is an important milestone as we work to raise awareness about the importance of addressing the mental health needs of our young in ways that are timely, appropriate, accessible and evidence-based.

Initiated by Parents for Children’s Mental Health in Ontario and Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality in British Columbia, the day is being launched at an inaugural event in Vancouver called ‘Share the Care’. Congratulations to both of these organizations for the leadership they have shown in this regard. We add our voice to that of so many of our friends and colleagues, including youth, parents and caregivers, who mark this day by reaching out to our various networks.

We want to build an effective, meaningful child and youth mental health system. One that is based on solid scientific evidence and which addresses the full continuum of care, including mental health promotion and prevention, early identification, intervention, recovery, rehabilitation and continued care. While we do this, we support those who work to ensure that the necessary resources are in place today to alleviate the suffering of our young. We believe that achieving such a system requires innovation and investment. It may also require redefining traditional, professional and institutional frameworks with a shared focus on how best to meet the needs of those we serve.

Child and youth mental health is everyone’s business and we need to change how we do our business. The Centre is committed to being part of this essential renewal. As we mark National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, we sincerely hope you share the same commitment.

Dr. Simon Davidson, M.B., B.Ch., F.R.C.P.(C)
Executive Director, Planning and Development
Dr. Ian Manion, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Executive Director, Operations