Toolkit

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE CHILD & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKITS

One in five children suffers from at least one mental health disorder, and comorbidity (more than one) is the rule rather than the exception. The rationale for developing the Child & Youth Mental Health toolkits came out of many discussions with healthcare providers who expressed a need for a practical, user-friendly resource for screening, assessment and treatment of child and youth mental health problems commonly presenting in primary care.

We hope the toolkits will increase healthcare providers’ awareness and understanding of the epidemiology, symptoms and identification of some common mental health conditions as well as provide examples of some recommended treatments. Please note that the toolkit does not provide a comprehensive list nor an endorsement of the resources listed.

 

These toolkits were developed and compiled collaboratively by 
Helen Spenser, MD, CCFP, FRCPC - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario
Blair Ritchie, MD, FRCPC - Alberta Health Services, University of Calgary  
Peter Kondra , MSc, MD, FRCPC, and Brenda Mills, C&Y MHC 
Hamilton Family Health Team Child & Youth Mental Health Initiative