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Children and Youth Mental Health

1 in 5 children and youth struggles with mental health problems.

Source: Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Mental health problems often begin in childhood. Early treatment may help prevent life-long problems.

When left untreated, mental health problems can lead to school failures, family conflicts, drug & alcohol abuse, violence and even suicide Help is needed when feelings of sadness, worry, or fear don’t go away.

Warning Signs of Mental Health Problems Can Include:

  • Anxiety or fear that does not go away
  • Frequent crying and weepiness
  • Loss of interest in activities that were a source of pleasure in the past, like team sports or school activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Problems at school with falling marks
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and school activities
  • Increased school absences
  • Loss or increase in appetite
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Increased irritability, anger, or aggression
  • Neglect of personal appearance
  • Frequent stomach aches or headaches
  • Increased alcohol or drug use

Where to Get Help in Hamilton:

CONTACT Hamilton – access to children and youth mental health services 905-570-8888

If in crisis, call the youth COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) program 905-972-8338

Other Supports:

  • Family doctor
  • School social worker

Other Community Resources

  • Alternatives for Youth – drug, alcohol and tobacco related services for youth ages 13-22 and their families: 905-527-4469
  • Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Family Support 905-777-9921
  • Settlement and Integration Services Organization, Children’s Mental Health Outreach Program 905-667-7476


  • www.coasthamilton.ca
  • www.contacthamilton.ca
  • www.connexontario.ca
  • www.camh.net
  • www.cmha.ca
  • www.kidsmentalhealth.ca
  • www.mindyourmind.ca
  • www.ay.on.ca
  • www.offordcentre.com
  • www.kidshelpphone.ca
  • www.youthnethamilton.ca
  • www.teenmentalhealth.org
  • www.stjoes.ca
Updated on Friday, October 07, 2022.
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