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Youth (Ages 12 to 25)

Youth and Teen Mental
Health Services

Programs for ages 12 to 25

Looking for help? You’ve come to the right place. Youth and teen mental health services’ primary focus is the emotional and social well-being of young people aged 12 to 25, as well as parent groups and staff from youth-serving agencies. CMHA offers a variety of programs to help give you the tools to cope with mental illness and mental health issues. There is no doctor’s referral necessary; so you can refer yourself, a friend, or family member at any time.

Whether it’s you or someone you know confronting a mental health issue or mental illness, you can find help by browsing through the programs below covering topics from early intervention to suicide prevention. Together we can increase understanding of youth mental health and end the stigma.

You are not alone, here are the programs we have to offer:

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BounceBack® Ontario (15+)

A guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people 15+ experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety, depression, low mood or stress.

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Choices (12 to 17)

Delivered in partnership with schools, shelters, and community agencies, Choices provides an environment to learn vital skills in a safe environment.

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Community Connections (16+)

Community Connections is a recovery-oriented drop-in hub organized to help individuals 16 years or older improve mental health and overall wellness.

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Community Transitions Team (16+)

Assists clients with a safe and smooth transition from hospital into the community with the ultimate goal of preventing further hospital visits.

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Employment Program (16+)

Provides individualized placement and job development based on clients’ interests, goals, previous work experience and education.

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Gender Affirming Health Clinic (16+)

Aims to create a safe, confidential, and inclusive space to get culturally competent and gender-affirming care to trans and gender diverse people.

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Home First Community Support Program (16+)

Provides services and supports for those who are precariously housed in York Region and South Simcoe.

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H.O.P.E - Early Psychosis Intervention (14 to 35)

Helps young adults in York Region and South Simcoe who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis to get their lives back on track and stay well.

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Mental Health & Justice

Provides a supportive framework for youth with mental health concerns who are involved in the criminal justice system.

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Mental Health & Justice Youth Court (12 to 17)

Provides assistance with developing bail plans and assisting youth, and their families, in custody and upon their release.

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MOBYSS (12 to 25)

Offers a safe space to talk to a medical or mental health professional in a warm, welcoming and friendly environment.

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Newcomers’ Health and Well-Being (12+)

Provides mental health and primary care services to newcomers in York Region and South Simcoe who have physical and mental health concerns.

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Support for Depression (16+)

Gives individuals with illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety or OCD, an opportunity to share experiences in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.

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Telemedicine

Help clients, their physicians and healthcare providers connect virtually through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).

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Youth Wellness (12 to 25)

Short-term supportive counselling, case management, groups and workshops for youth aged 12 to 25 in school and community settings.

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Not sure what program is for you?

In a recent survey, students reported that:

24% of youth

visited a mental health professional at least once in the previous 12 months. 95% of youth used a crisis line because they needed to talk to someone about a problem.

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