Child and Youth Mental Health Program
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The McMaster Children's Hospital Child and Youth Mental Health Program (CYMHP) offers a range of intensive and time limited services for children, youth and families dealing with mental health concerns.
Our care is family-centred. This means that you and your family are an important part of the health care team.
We will work together to plan your care.
To help you make decisions and take part in your care, we will give you information and support.
We invite you to discuss your care with us and ask any questions you may have.
We look forward to working with you and your family.
What care is offered by Child & Youth Mental Health Program?
Community Workshops and Groups
Mental Health Assessment
Individual, Family and Group Treatment
Psychiatric Consultation and Assessment
Psychological testing and consultation services
Day Hospital Services
Who will provide my care?
The care that you receive is based on your particular needs. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals and support staff will work closely with you and your family to understand and meet your needs.
Advanced Practice Nurses
Child & Youth Workers
Early Childhood Educators
How long will I be involved in the Program?
Involvement will vary in length.
Family-centered care will be provided. We recognize that many children and
youth using our services may want and/or require people other than their
biological family to be part of their care.
Caregivers may be invited to speak with the health professional.
If you have questions at any time, please ask a member of your health care team.
What are the program hours of operation?
The Child and Youth Mental Health Program offers a broad range of services. Most services are offered, Monday through Friday during regular business hours and are closed on weekends and holidays. The Inpatient Unit is staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
We do not provide emergency care. If you require immediate assistance, please contact your family doctor, go to St. Joseph's Emergency Psychiatry Service, or call COAST at 905.972. 8338. If you are outside of the Hamilton region, go to your nearest emergency department or call 911.
Research and Education
McMaster Children's Hospital is a teaching hospital. We are committed to research and education and provide learning opportunities for a variety of health professionals. If you do not wish a student to be present during your visit, please let the team know.
We want you to feel comfortable sharing your concerns with us and we are committed to keeping these concerns confidential within the circle of care.
We are also committed to keeping you safe and there may be some circumstances in which we are obligated to report concerns. For example, information may be released if we become concerned that a child/youth has been and/or is at risk of being harmed, abused and/or neglected. We will discuss these obligations with you when you begin to receive care in our program.
It is important for you to know that report(s) regarding your assessment and/or treatment will be generated.
These report(s) may be shared with your referral source and/or Family Physician.
Please advise us if you do not wish such report(s) to be sent/shared
What if I have a suggestion or concern about my care?
You are encouraged to be involved in your health care. Remember to:
Speak up if you have questions or concerns about your care.
Tell a member of your health care team about past illnesses and current
Bring all your medicines when you go to the hospital for an appointment.
Tell a member of your health care team if you have ever had an allergic
reaction to any medicine or food.
Make sure you know what to do when you go home from the hospital or
If you have questions about your care, please speak to any member of
your health care team.
If you have any other suggestions or concerns, you may call Patient
Relations at (905) 521-2100 ext. 75240
Each person's care is individualized and length of involvement in the program will vary. Given the nature and complexity of some mental health difficulties, the need for ongoing intensive services may not be required. Upon discharge from CYMHP, we will provide you with resources to assist in maintaining your well-being.
Where can I access resources and learn more?
As this process unfolds, there are resources available to you in our Family Resource Centre, which has a selection of books, videos, and pamphlets. The Family Resource Centre is located on the Chedoke Campus, Evel Building 1st floor. For further information, please call (905) 521-2100, x. 77243
In addition, we recommend that you consider accessing resources and services through the Community Education Service. A flyer detailing these options is available at www.communityed.ca or, call (905)521-2100, x. 74147 for more information.