Since 2005, kidsLINK has supported the operation of a Parents For Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) chapter in Waterloo Region. PCMH is a voluntary group of parents who have used or are currently using the mental health services of Ontario. Members are dedicated to improving services and access to information in the region and province.
Parents & professionals alike are desperate for resources to help children often described as “behavioural” in many settings; home, school & community. PCMH in Waterloo Region has, with community support, assembled a Resource Guide aimed at helping parents navigate the system and learn advocacy tools to help their child to succeed. The guide is written in the parent voice, by people who have experienced first-hand what it means to raise a special needs child with mental health concerns in Waterloo Region. Although many of the listings here are regional, similar services do exist in other regions of the country. The key is knowing what is available and what to ask for!