There is now one mental health crisis number for children, youth and adults to call in Durham Region when they need immediate help and support.  A team of children, youth and adult mental health providers in Durham Region announced their joint Crisis Response Service today at the Legends Centre in Oshawa on September 17th.  Garth Riley, host of Channel 12’s First Take Live, was the master of ceremonies for the launch.

Crisis Response is supported and facilitated by Chimo Youth and Family Services, Durham Mental Health Services, Frontenac Youth Services and Kinark Child and Family Services.  This collaborative of children, youth and adult mental health services is one of the first in Ontario to offer a needs-based service with funding from two separate Ministries, namely the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Central East LHIN.  The joint service was achieved through the cooperation of local service providers without the need for any additional funding.

“The launch of Crisis Response in Durham is the result of partners in mental health putting the needs of the community first,” noted Peter Moore, executive director of Kinark Child and Family Services. “In these times, efforts at the community level are vital if we are going to be successful in reaching out to the children, youth and families who need us.”

“We’re proud of the seamless crisis support that we now have in Durham Region that combines the existing resources of our child, youth and adult mental health agencies”, says Rob Adams, Executive Director of Durham Mental Health Services, which has operated the adult crisis service since 1991.  “Now crisis support is one phone call away for people of any age in the region who need to talk to a mental health support person.  Our phone line is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We’re the starting point for people to get help.  Mobile teams and other support services will follow-up if they are needed. “  

A child, youth or family member can call Crisis Response when a child or youth is experiencing a crisis that is not imminently life threatening but requires immediate intervention. A crisis can include a child or youth experiencing mental health issues such as feeling suicidal, depressed or anxious; concern about aggressive or out of control behaviour; worry due to social isolation, school refusal, or other behaviours.  According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, one out of every five children and youth struggle with their mental health.

For anyone experiencing a mental health crisis in Durham Region, the Crisis Response telephone access number is 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890.

For more information contact:
Doreen Hume McKenna
Coordinator of Community Engagement
Durham Mental Health Services
905-666-0831 ext. 227