The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health services at Niagara Health provide short-term counselling support for children and youth (from age 6 up to their 18th birthday) experiencing mental health concerns but who are not in crisis or imminent risk. Services focus on issues such as suicidal ideation, self-harm, anxiety and depression, and where there may be an impact in day-to-day functioning. A variety of treatment modalities is utilized, according to the individual and their particular needs. Services are available in three locations across the Niagara Region: Greater Niagara General Site, Welland Site and St. Catharines Site.
Psychiatrist consultation services are for children and youth from age 5 up to their 18th birthday. The assessment may include a mental health diagnosis, medication management and recommendations for follow-up. On-site services are available at the St. Catharines Site, and via videoconference at Welland Site and Greater Niagara General Site.
All referrals must be made by calling Contact Niagara, the central information and access point for local mental health and developmental services (905-684-3407). The child/youth’s health card number is required for hospital-based services. Parents/guardians, family physicians and self-referrals are all accepted. Please note that a physician referral is required in order to access psychiatric consultation services; the referral form can be found here.