Child and Youth Mental Health

Early interventions can make a significant difference in achieving positive outcomes for children and youth with mental health needs. The Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) module aims to  improve care and support for children, adolescents and their families, with mild to moderate mental health disorders within the primary care setting, and thereby:

  • Improve access to mental health care.
  • Increase capacity in primary care.
  • Address major gaps in care.
  • Change the trajectory of conditions and potentially improve population health outcomes.

 Module objectives

  • Identify, diagnose, and manage conditions early.
  • Use evidence-informed management appropriately.
  • Apply of validated clinical tools appropriately.
  • Increase awareness of available community mental health resources.
  • Make use of EMR tools supporting the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Identify, diagnose, manage, and treat anxiety and ADHD in both children and youth, and depression in adolescents.
  • Improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing with patients, families, pediatricians, mental health service clinicians, psychiatrists, school counselors, and non-government agencies.

 Quality care

To support the care provided to patients, doctors are encouraged to access simple and useful EMR-enabled tools and resources. For child and youth mental health, the free screening and diagnostic tools include:

  • Diagnostic and assessment tools (e.g., SCARED, SNAP-IV, KADS scales).
  • Treatment and management tools (e.g., psychotherapeutic support, medication management).
  • Videos (e.g., clinical interviews, animated features, such as teen depression).

While the Child and Youth Mental Health learning module was developed with family doctors in mind, medical office assistants are also welcome to participate.