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October 2019
With the leaves changing colour, fall gives us a chance to pause and think about what we’re thankful for. This season, we’re feeling particularly fortunate to deliver specialized mental health programming to children, youth and their families. More than that, we’re grateful to you for making it all possible.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LD Awareness Month

We all have ‘bad days’ from time to time and cycle through a variety of feelings such as sadness, worry, anger, grief. But for children and youth like Tyler, bad days can turn into years of experiencing rejection, shame and loneliness.

Learning disabilities (LDs) are the most common form of disability in Canadian children. When LDs are complicated by mental health issues (LDMH), children are at greater risk for bullying and victimization and face barriers to learning and living at an optimal level. Read how Tyler turned his life around after joining our Minfulness Martial Arts program.

Related: What is LDMH?
              Research Study: How MMA helps youth focus

Helping Girls to Become More

“When people look at me, they see a liar, lost cause. They see my outbursts, dirty looks. They see the girl sent home from school and the one you wouldn’t leave alone with your purse.
For girls like Kayla, every day is a struggle. By participating in CDI’s SNAP Girls, Kayla is learning how to better manage emotions and impulses, avoid conflicts and, most importantly, stay in school.
Read Kayla’s story here.


SNAP Crime-Reducing App at Design Exchange

CDI’s SNAP® Youth Justice (YJ) digital app is currently on display as one of five featured youth projects at Toronto’s Design Exchange exhibition for social innovation, running until November 1, 2019. The SNAP YJ app guides youth through scenarios to explore how the SNAP strategy can reduce problematic behaviour and increase social competencies in real-time.

For more information, click here.


Our Ambassadors are an important voice of our organization and do incredible work in and for the community. We are excited and thankful to share some of their amazing projects.

Mental Health Empowerment Day
Organizer: Leanne Matlow, Panel Expert: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Counsellor and Educator

Mental Health Empowerment Day is designed to empower all those who work or live with children and youth who are dealing with mental health issues, one of the most pervasive issues in the world today. This year’s event, on October 27, 2019, will explore the theme “What I wish you knew.” Get the full event details
Learn how you can become a CDI Ambassador today by contacting Camila Pereira at, or 416-603-1827, ext. 2304
Become a Monthly Donor
Make a transformative impact at CDI

Consider turning your yearly donation into a monthly gift. 
A monthly donation ensures sustainability to CDI
A monthly donation allows CDI to plan and invest in long-term programming 
A monthly donor can choose to direct his/her donations to a specific program
A monthly donation will add up to a big impact
Continue with a:
$25/month donation. You will support a girl and her mother to attend the SNAP® Girls program.
$45/month donation. You will provide bursary support for a child or youth to attend our Mindfulness Martial Arts program.
Be a part of the community of change today!
We are grateful to our Monthly Donors for helping our children, youth and families year-round.  As a Monthly Donor, you will receive quarterly special reports on the impact of your support, have your name on our donor wall as a member of our Donor Circle as well as a consolidated annual tax receipt.


Child Development Institute is an accredited, multi-service children’s mental health organization in Toronto, providing a range of services to children and youth aged 18 and younger, and their families. CDI is committed to responding to the unique needs of our clients through continuous process improvement, research and training. We serve approximately 3,000 children, youth and families each year.

Our mission is to make measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families. Our vision is to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering world class, innovative, evidence-based mental health programs.

To learn more about all our programs and services, visit our website at
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