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What services are offered by the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority?

The Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority's Child & Adolescent Community Mental Health Program is a multi-disciplinary program that aims to provide comprehensive and strengths-based mental health assessments, recommendations, and treatment options to children, adolescents, and their families, as well as consultation for those children and adolescents who may be presenting symptoms suggestive of a mental health problem/illness and/or a co-occurring disorder and who reside within the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.

The Child & Adolescent Community Mental Health Program offers:

  • Recovery-oriented, short term, individualized therapy
  • Referrals and/or consultation with internal and external resources
  • Case Management  which may include advocacy, connecting to community resources and services, goal setting, and recovery planning
  • Services are time limited with a focus of individual and family recovery

To inquire about these services, please call: 1 (866) 757-6205 toll free or (204) 785-7752 (Selkirk and area)


Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I tell my child/adolescent before coming to the appointment?

Tell your child/adolescent that you are going to talk to someone about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to see if they can help you.

What if my child/adolescent will not talk when we get to the appointment?

It is very common for children/adolescents to be anxious and not talk when they come to the appointment. It is not a concern; we will do everything we can to make sure your child feels comfortable.

What do I do if my child/adolescent will not come to the appointment?

If you cannot get your child/adolescent to the appointment, just give us a call and we will do some problem solving.

Are the things that are discussed with my child/adolescent kept confidential?

In order to maintain a therapeutic relationship with the child, we do not disclose everything to the parent/legal guardian, except if they have intent to hurt themselves or someone else. We can share information with the primary health care provider and the treatment team on a consultative basis.

How do I help my anxious child/adolescent if I struggle with anxiety myself?

When your child/adolescent is in the Community Mental Health Program to learn how to better cope with their anxiety, they will learn positive coping strategies. As well, the parent will learn positive parenting strategies to help support their child with their anxiety.


Looking for resources?

Resources such as smartphone applications, websites, and books are effective ways for individuals to take charge of their own recovery and manage their mental health. These resources do not replace treatment recommendations by a primary health care provider, but are a way to help learn about mental health and manage it in a healthy and effective way.

Smartphone Applications

Click on the smartphone application logos to learn more.
My Study Life My Study Life is a cross-platform planner for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make study life easier to manage. MindShift MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety.
       
Booster Buddy Booster Buddy is designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. SAM SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.
       
Calm in the Storm Calm in the Storm helps you to identify, assess and track your own stress levels and provides easy-to-use and highly effective mind/body practices. Stop, Breathe, & Think Stop, Breathe, & Think is a mindfulness, meditation, and compassion-building tool that is simple, fun and easy to use.
       
Healthy Minds HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus. The goal: Keeping your mind healthy. Breathr Breathr: Mindful Moments provides opportunities to try out a variety of mindfulness practices, while also teaching interesting facts about the brain science behind the practices.

Websites

Hover over the links below for a brief description of what each website offers.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

Anxiety BC

Bro Talk

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Coping with a Parent with a Mental Illness

Dealing with Depression: Antidepressant Skills for Teens

Dealing with Depression

Depression Hurts

Erase Bullying

Family Guide to Mental Health

 

FASD Centre Manitoba 

Here to Help 

Kids Health  

 Kids Help Phone

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Mind Check

Mind Your Mind

Mindfulness (Kelty Mental Health)

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

Playing with Anxiety

 

Rainbow Resource Centre 

Reason to Live 

Stresslr 

Teen Mental Health

Teen Talk

Transgender Health Klinic

Walk Along

The Language of Suicide - English

The Language of Suicide - Ojibew

The Language of Suicide - Cree

The Language of Suicide - Oji-Cree

 

 Videos (All videos are hosted on third party sites)

 Looking for other videos on a variety of mental health topics? Visit http://keltymentalhealth.ca/ and click on Resources. You can then "Refine Search" by clicking on "Type" and checking off "Videos and Presentations".

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

ADHD Basics (http://keltymentalhealth.ca/) - 55 minutes Click here

Parenting a Child with ADHD (http://keltymentalhealth.ca) - 30 minutes Click here

ADHD Goes to School (http://keltymentalhealth.ca) - 57 minutes Click here

The ADHD Brain (http://keltymentalhealth.ca) - 60 minutes - Click here
This webinar explores what ADHD is and how it is diagnosed, what is different about the ADHA brain, what is the cause of ADHD, what other problems are common and what is the treatment for ADHD.

30 Essential Ideas for Parents of a Child with ADHD (https://www.youtube.com) - Click here
Dr. Russell Barker discusses ideas for parents of children with ADHD.

ADHD Medication (http://www.caddra.ca)  - Click here
This video will explain some of the common side effect of medication for ADHD.

ADHD and Sleep Management (http://www.caddra.ca) - Click here
This video is related to sleep management, a significant concern in at least 30% of ADHA patients.

ADHD and Parenting Challenges (http://www.caddra.ca) - Click here
Parenting an ADHD child is always a challenge. Learning to stop arguing with your child is hard to do but this video gives some useful suggestions as to how it can be done.

 

Adolescence:

Celebration of the Adolescent Brain (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 60 minutes  Click here
This webinar looks at the adolescent brain development and how it impacts attitudes, behaviours, emotions, relationships, and risk taking and what parents can do to support their youth.

 

Depression:

Finding Hope - Depression in Young People (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 60 minutes Click here
This webinar explores: how do I know my child is depressed, what causes youth depression, what impact depression can have, how to find help, treatment options, and what parents can do.

 

Medication:

Psychotropic Medication: What Families Need to Know (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 64 minutes Click here
Outline: management plans, access to medications, questions to ask, types of medications, and monitoring forms.

 

Mindfulness:

MIndfulness: Youth Voices (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 3 minutes Click here

 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): It's Not Just About Washing your Hands (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 59 minutes Click here
In this session, Dr. Evelyn Stewart, gives a broad overview on the signs of OCD and treatment. In addition, Bruce and Leanne MacKenzie (parents) share their story of their teenage son's journey from diagnosis to remission and discuss ways they provide support for their son at home and school.

 

Various Topics:

Involving Dads - Dads Talk About Mental Health (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 57 minutes Click here
Talking about involving dads in the mental health discussion.

How to talk to your child about their disorder (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 61 minutes Click here
This webinar explores kids and mental health challenges: What every parent should know, when to seek help for your child, and having "that" conversation and what to keep in mind.

The Art of Raising Resilient Children (http://www.keltymentalhealth.ca) - 1 hour and 52 minutes Click here
This is a video presentation of Dr. Linda Uyeda's presentation: The Art of Raising Resilient Children. In this presentation, you'll learn: how early life experiences shape the developing brain, how secure attachment relationships and mindfulness practices can improve learning, anxiety, relationship skills, focus and concentration in our children and how mindfulness can improve our own health and well-being as caring adults who support children and youth.

 

Print Resources

Book titles written in green were donated by the Interlake-Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee to all 17 libraries within our Regional Health Authority.
 

Anger Management:

I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Mad: A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger (2008) By Lawrence E. Shaprio, PH.D., Zach Pelta-Heller and Anna F. Greenwald (For PDF click here)

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

ADHD (2004) By Trudi Strain Trueit 

Strategies for Desperate Parents: Managing the Challenges of Attention Deficit and Misbehavior (1998) By William H. Stevens, Ph.D. and Ken W. McCluskey, Ph.D.

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents Revised Edition (2013) By Russel A. Barkley, Ph.D.

Understanding ADHD: Our Personal Journey (2001) By Ken W. McCluskey and Andrea McCluskey

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD (2013) By John F. Taylor

 

Anxiety:

A Kid's Guide to Taming Worry Dragons (2009) By E. Jane Garland, M.D., FRCP(C) and Sandra L. Clark, Ph.D, R. Psych.

Help For Worried Kids: How Your Child Can Conquer Anxiety and Fear (2006) By Cynthia G. Last, Ph.D.

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents (2008) By Ronald M. Rapee, Ph.D., Ann Wignall, D.Psych., Susan H. Spence, Ph.D., Vanessa Cobham, Ph.D., Heidi Lyneham, Ph.D.

Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2009) By Christopher McCurry, Ph.D.

Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teens and Kids (2014) By Reid Wilson, Ph.D., Lynn Lyons, LCSW.

Phobias (2003) By Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D., and Ronald M. Doctor, Ph.D.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (2006) By Dawn Huebner, Ph.D and Bonnie Matthews

When My Worries Get Too Big: A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live With Anxiety (2006) By Kari Dunn Buron

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (2012) By Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin (2014) By Kate Collins-Donnelly

Childhood Anxiety DVD: An Overview & Practical Tips By Anxiety Disorders of Manitoba

Worry Shrinker:  A Five Step Guide to Helping Children Cope with and Decrease Anxiety Clinical Psychology Public Mental Health Initiative (Click here to access the PDF)

 

Autism:

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism, First Edition: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive (2002) By Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., James McPartland, Ph.D.

Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends (2012) By Blythe Grossberg, PsyD.

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence (2002) By Luke Jackson

The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Processing Disorder (2006) By Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

The Out of Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids With Sensory Processing Disorder (2006) By Carol Stock Kranowitz

 

Behaviour:

Don't Let Emotions Run Your Life for Teens:  Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along with Others (2011) By Sheri Van Dyck, MSW

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic (2006) By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, M.A.

Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook: A Companion Workbook to Help parents Create Families Where Spirit Thrives (1998) By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, M.A.

 

Bipolar Disorder:

Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder (2009) By Tracy Anglada, Jennifer Taylor, and Toby Ferguson

What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents (2009) By Mani Pavuluri, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Depression:

Depression (2004) By Faye Zucker 

Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (2013) By Deborah Serani, Psy.D.

What To Do When You're Sad and Lonely: A Guide for Kids (2005) By James J. Crist

Living with a Black Dog, his name is DEPRESSION (2006) By Mathew Johnstone

 

Divorce:

Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe's and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids (2008) By Zoe Stern, Evan Stern, and Ellen Sue Stern

Healing After Divorce: 100 Practical Ideas for Kids (2011) By Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

My Family's Changing (A First Look At Series) (1999) By Pat Thomas

 

Eating Disorders:

Eating Disorders (2003) By Trudi Strain Trueit

 

Grief:

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 Practical Ideas (2001) By Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens (2001) By Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. 

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children (1983) By Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (1987) By Judith Viorst and Erik Bleguad

 

Mindfulness:

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) (2013) By Eline Snel

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles (2008) By Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything (2009) By Deborah Schoeberlein David, M.Ed. and Suki Sheth, Ph.D.

Master of Mindfulness: How to be your own superhero in times of stress (2016) By Laurie Grossman, Angelina Alvarez & Mr. Musumeci's 5th Grade Class

 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents (2000) By Mitzi Waltz, Ph.D.

Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment (2013) By Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D. and Paul A. Jutton


Stress:

Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (2016) By Dr. Stuart Shanker

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions (2009) By Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D. and Robin K. Sprague, LCPC.

 

 
 

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