Child and Youth Mental Health – A National Discussion on the Readiness for Change

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2019/11/06 15:46

Child and youth mental health is a priority for families, service providers, health delivery organizations and, we believe, federal provincial and territorial governments.  This webinar is the fourth in a series designed to frame child and youth health issues that need to be addressed at the federal level.

Recent studies indicate that about 20% or more than a million Canadian children are affected by mental disorders at any given time and less than a third of those children receive mental health services.  This problem is amplified when services are not coordinated and when we permit the use of ineffective interventions.

In this session you will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the child and youth mental health services and systems issues
  2. Learn about validated interventions, programs and systems for both prevention and treatment that exist in Canada and other countries
  3. Consider actions to be taken that would improve: research and evaluation of system readiness for implementation; collaboration between service providers; system and service co-design with families and clients: performance measurement accountability and transparency
  4. Think about a call to action for new and dedicated children’s mental health funding, coupled with comprehensive long-term plans 

Slides from the presentations:


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Christina Bartha, MSW, RSW 

Christina Bartha is the Executive Director of the Brain and Mental Health Program at SickKids (inclusive of Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Adolescent Medicine, the departments of Social Work and Psychology) and the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health.    Chris has over 30 years of clinical and progressive leadership experience and holds several degrees including a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto.   For 20 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Chris played a leadership role in transformational initiatives to improve clinical care and services for mental health patients and their families across the lifespan. Christina joined SickKids in 2016 where she has focused on building integrated mental health services across the hospital and community sites.  Over her career, Chris has contributed to peer reviewed publications, co-authored patient and family information materials, and been a champion of student education and professional mentorship.  


Peter Szatmari, MD MSc FRCPC  Chief of Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative, Hospital for Sick Children, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of TorontoPatsy & Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health, Director & Professor, Division of Child and Youth Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Director, Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Szatmari is Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between CAMH, the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto.  He holds the Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair of Child and Youth Mental Health and has worked in the field of child and youth psychiatry for over thirty years. He started his career working on the Ontario Child Health Study, the first epidemiological study of mental disorders in children and adolescents in North America. He has also worked in the areas of ADHD, disruptive behaviour disorders, depression and anxiety and impairment due to mental disorders. He is well known for his work in autism spectrum disorders and has made contributions to that field in diagnosis and classification, in genetics and in outcome studies. He has over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has had continuous CIHR funding since 1991. More recently, he has turned his attention to depression as Director of the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression and the importance of implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines in child and youth mental health. He has been editor of several important journals in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and has consulted to government agencies in Canada, the USA and the UK. He is the author of the book “A Mind Apart; Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome”.

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Charlotte Waddell MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC

Dr. Waddell is University Professor and Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, her research focuses on improving social and emotional wellbeing for all children, and on the public policies needed to reach this goal.
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