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May 2018
Children's Mental Health Week Edition
Join the conversation, break down barriers. Because #KidsCantWait. From May 7 to 13, Ontario marks Children’s Mental Health Week, a time to collectively rally awareness on youth mental health, decrease stigma, and bring available services and help to the forefront.

According to the Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) website, as many as one in five children and youth in Ontario will experience some form of mental health problem. Five out of six of those kids will not receive the treatment they need.
“Solving a problem begins with recognizing the problem, and while we have come a long way in public awareness of children’s mental health, we still have a way to go,” says Tony Diniz, CEO of Child Development Institute.
Recently, Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau announced that Ontario is investing in six new youth wellness hubs to help more youth access the mental health and addictions services they need. According to CMHO, one in four people will be challenged by their mental health, with 70 per cent of mental health problems emerging in childhood or adolescence.

In support of Children’s Mental Health Week, CDI encourages staff and volunteers to wear their green “Child & Youth Mental Health Matters” pins, and take the opportunity to talk about this critical topic with friends to spread the message. If you post on social media, please join the discussion on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #KidsCantWait.  
“Awareness is just the beginning. Timely access to a well-supported children’s mental health system is a must,” says Diniz.
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Celebrate 50 years of Towhee magic this Saturday, June 16, with a BBQ lunch on the beach and fun-filled summer activities the entire family will enjoy! Located in scenic Haliburton County, Towhee is a therapeutic residential program for children and youth with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Over the past 50 years, Towhee has helped youth develop their self-confidence and sense of belonging, as well as their social, emotional and physical well-being through arts-based and adventure-based programming.  
Please join us on this commemorative day from 11 am to 6 pm in beautiful Haliburton, Ont., to share smiles with friends and build lasting memories, all while celebrating a Towhee milestone.
Click here to buy tickets and purchase 50th anniversary merchandise, or make a donation to help support Towhee’s work. To learn about Towhee, please visit
Join dedicated staff, board members, donors and partners this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, for Child Development Institute’s Annual General Meeting. The AGM will take place at YWCA Toronto, located on 87 Elm Street. The meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by an awards presentation and reception. Please RSVP by June 1 to

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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