We champion the right of every child and youth in Ontario to mental health and well-being.
An Ontario where every child and youth grows up mentally healthy.
Children's Mental Health Ontario is the primary catalyst in both strengthening Ontario’s child and youth mental health agencies and enhancing mental health services for children, youth and their families in Ontario.
We believe that children and youth with mental health challenges have the right to be loved, respected, supported, and included in their families, communities and schools.
We believe that functional families, in all their diversity, are the most important resource available to children and youth.
We believe that children and youth have the right to mental health treatment and support services that are timely, safe and effective, and delivered in the context of their family, culture, community and school.
We believe that meeting the mental health needs of children and youth requires significant and sustained investment in human, technological, and physical resources.
We believe that children and youth have the right to be engaged in decisions regarding their own treatment and the design and delivery of child and youth mental health services.
We believe that children and youth benefit from close collaboration and shared responsibility among families, caregivers, service providers, communities, educators and other professionals, and governments.
We believe that community services, including agencies, schools and hospitals, must work as integrated networks to meet the mental health needs of children and youth.
We believe that mental health services for children and youth must be evaluated based on outcomes, accreditation standards, and ethical stewardship.