Expanded Access to Mental Health Services for Children and Youth in Underserved Communities

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The government of Ontario aims to help children and youth in communities across the province connect to local mental health services more easily by expanding online, smartphone and video resources that can provide immediate, specialized support when and where it is needed.

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The province is supporting Kids Help Phone's Resources Around Me online tool, which helps children and youth access mental health programs and services in their communities through the app on a smartphone, computer or mobile device. The tool instantly connects young people across Ontario to information on mental health services close to home.

Ontario has also enhanced its Tele-Mental Health service, which provides children and youth, especially those living in rural and remote communities, with better access to specialized mental health consultations through videoconferencing. These supports aims to increase the program's treatment capacity to up to 4,000 consultations per year.