Kids helpline says third callers report mental health concerns and that while the calls are likely caused by anxiety in someone under the age of 18, those concerns are often related to substance abuse.
The department, which has been struggling in recent years to find money, said it was a difficult one to work on, with many calls coming on weekends and around holidays.
“This is the first time we’ve had a major mental health issue for children,” chief executive of Kids Helpline, Jocelyn Trowell-Trouville said.
“It’s really unfortunate to see so many calls this holiday season, a holiday where children can be at their most vulnerable.”
Some parents had concerns at having to deal with their children when they needed to be at home when their child’s behaviour was out of line, Trowell-Trouville said.
“A lot of parents in this situation just don’t have a place to be,” she said. “It was really difficult… it was really upsetting for people, but we’re going to be here… to put some resources in place for them.”
In December, Children Services Minister Anne Tolley signed legislation that removes a number of restrictions from a mental health assessment form.
If a child is found not to be mentally fit by a mental health assessment, they lose their assessment and will then have two years to get it in order, after which they are able to seek the assistance of another service.
This year, the department will also be conducting a pilot program to see if a form can be revamped for students.
Some parents had concern about the level of screening students went through to get to the program. However, Tolley said schools have been working with the department to improve information-sharing b바카라etween child더킹카지노 and school about their behaviour as well as to set up more flexible arrangements to accommodate school workers if the students were disruptive.
Tolley said while the department took mental health seriously, as many families struggled with difficult decisions, she believed the focus needed to be on getting more parents into the program, as the majority had been referred from other institutions, including the family court system, out of concern for their wellbeing, their mental health or the effects of substance abuse.
The program will look at the process for getting children up to standard in schools.
Trowell-Trouville said the department was confident that parents would find suitable and appropriate alternatives, both before and after the school 더킹카지노year.
With files from CTV Montreal’s Ann-Mari