Recent increases in mental health treatment seeking has driven long waitlists to access child and youth mental health care services. A critical issue facing our community is service fragmentation (i.e., a lack of integration/coordination across our systems of care). That means it can be very difficult for kids, youth and families (and clinicians providing them with guidance) to know where to get the mental health service they need.
MindfulMap is a collaboration between the Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Division and the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (BMC) Institute of Medical Science (IMS) Program at the University of Toronto and was developed by two graduate students as part of their BMC Master’s Research Project. MindfulMap is a prototype. It provides an interactive map and a snapshot of the services available across the 15 clinical sites affiliated with our Division as of June 2023. As a prototype map, MindfulMap does not have the function to update and refresh as available services evolve/change.
Today, we hope this map helps clinicians and learners within (and outside) our Division navigate services for the kids, youth, and families we serve. We hope that future iterations of this map will improve mental health service integration across the GTA, to make it easier for kids, youth and families to get the mental health care they need.