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Compass Family Engagement Initiative Survey

May 6, 2021

Compass is currently developing a Family Engagement Initiative aimed at integrating the family voice in all we do.

Family engagement is an ongoing process that includes families as active decision makers and equal partners in service delivery at individual, organizational and system levels. When the family voice is imbedded into system initiatives, it not only increases community awareness, it also helps to reduce stigma around child and youth mental health.

In order to gain a better understanding of the current state of family engagement practices in our community, we have partnered with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health who has developed a short survey aimed to guide our work in this area.

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and will be open for 2 weeks. Please click on the link below to access the survey.

We thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences. If you have any questions, please contact

Ontario’s Child and Youth Mental Health Lead Agency Consortium

Statement by Child and Youth Mental Health Lead Agency Consortium

May 5, 2021

May 3, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Child and Youth Mental Health Lead Agency Consortium co-chairs Karen Ingebrigtson and Linda Dugas, today issued the following statement for Mental Health Week:

“We are using this week to add our voice to the call for governments to make additional investment in mental health supports for children, youth and families. During Mental Health Week, communities across Canada are underscoring the urgent need for improved access to mental health supports and services.”

“The pandemic has emphasised the vulnerability of children and youth to mental illness. Children and youth have faced increased mental health struggles, magnified by province-wide lock downs, school closures and virtual learning. Parents —in particular, those raising school-aged children— have faced similar challenges.”

“As Ontario moves toward a time when vaccination levels reduce the daily threat of COVID-19 and the resumption of normal life returns, mental health supports and services to lift the wellbeing of children, youth and families will not lessen —but redouble.”

“The long-term and lasting effects of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of children, youth and their families cannot be underestimated. Lead Agency Consortium members urge the Government of Ontario to begin to plan and invest now. Ontario’s future leaders are depending upon all of us.”

Should you need to access child and youth mental health services in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts, please contact Compass at 1-800-815-7126.

The Child and Youth Mental Health Lead Agency Consortium, representing the lead agencies from 33 service areas across Ontario, is committed to the goal of continually improving child and youth mental health services in Ontario so children and youth and their families receive the right services for their unique needs at the right time and in the right place.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling overwhelmed, please contact Crisis Intervention Services – Health Sciences North. 24 hour hotline—365 days/year 1.877.841.1101

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MINDSPACE offers mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.