Moving on Mental Health

Lynwood Charlton Centre is the Lead Agency for the Hamilton service area for  Moving on Mental Health. This is a Ministry initiated plan to transform the experiences of children, youth and families dealing with mental health issues, and strengthen the community-based system for delivering mental health services to them.

Through our Lead Agency role, we are responsible for leading and facilitating system reform in Hamilton.

To do this, we work collaboratively with other child and youth mental health service providers, other affiliated community partners including our child welfare, health, and school board partners, and parents and youth engaged in our services.

About Moving on Mental Health

Ensuring Access to Services

Moving on Mental Health is an important part of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. Our goal is to ensure children, youth and families have access to:

  • mental health services in their communities, and
  • mental health services and supports that meet their needs.

By strengthening the community-based system that delivers mental health services, we will bring people and organizations closer together locally, and benefit everyone.

Lead Agency for Hamilton Area

To realize these goals, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has identified 33 geographical service areas responsible for analyzing, planning, funding, monitoring and evaluating the child and youth mental health services in their areas.

Lynwood Charlton Centre was designated by the Ministry as the Lead Agency for the Hamilton Service Area in August of 2014.

Finding Services in Your Community

People can search for mental health services in or near their community here.

“We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that created them” – Albert Einstein

Providing Clarity on Core Services

Moving on Mental Health outlines a set of core child and youth mental health (CYMH) services that are to be available across the continuum of need, in every community or spanning communities, and across the 0 – 18 age spectrum.

Providing clarity about core services will help families, youth, service providers, educators, physicians and others understand what CYMH services are available and how to access them in a consistent way.

The service framework establishes minimum expectations for service providers funded by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services (MCYS) for the delivery of these services.

The framework defines a number of categories which represent the range of  core services to be made available. However, this is not an exclusive list – additional services may be offered to meet the mental health needs of the children and youth. Children and youth may receive more than one type of core service, as well as other services funded by MCYS or other sector partners as part of their individual treatment plans.

Core services, within the available resources,  are available across the province to children and youth with a mental health problem. However, not all core services are provided in every CYMH community. Some services  accessed by a smaller portion of the population may span communities.

Core Service Categories

Lead agencies are responsible for ensuring core services in these categories are available to children and youth in their community.

  • Targeted Prevention
  • Brief Services
  • Counselling and Therapy
  • Family/Caregiver Capacity Building and Support
  • Specialized Consultation and Assessments
  • Crisis Support Services
  • Intensive Treatment Services (including community based In-Home and In-School programs, Day Treatment programs, and Residential)

Youth Advocating for Youth

Youth Engagement Working Group (YEWG) is an association of young people working together to raise awareness about mental health in youth.

We come from a variety of schools and programs within the City of Hamilton. Together, we work to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. We strive to be a voice for those suffering with mental health problems.

We hear you.

We are youth advocating for youth.

Lead Agency in the Hamilton Area

Lynwood Charlton Centre is thrilled to be the Lead Agency for child and youth mental health in the Hamilton Service Area.

We are committed to working with stakeholders to implement the objectives of Moving on Mental Health so the system will be transformed for children, youth and families.  We value collaboration, transparency and leadership in this process.

Helping Make Change Happen

Not only is youth and family engagement an important component of service delivery, it is critical to transforming our system.

As our team works together to implement the objectives of Moving on Mental Health, we are developing more mechanisms and ways to engage clients in the process.

Youth Engagement and Hiking Program

In 2015 we implemented a Moodwalk program with the support of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hike Ontario, and Conservation Ontario. We were trained to be hike leaders and offer a hiking group to youth in transition. Since then, we have been able to continue to run this hiking group and evaluate the program outcomes which included: mood, energy, anxiety, and overall wellbeing throughout the program.

We continue to offer the program within our YEwG (Youth Engagement working Group) and offer opportunities for youth to experience the positive physical and mental health outcomes – all while accumulating volunteer hours. The YEwG is a group of young people, through the support of Lynwood Charlton Centre, that advocate for the awareness of mental health in youth. The youth in this group come from a variety of schools and programs within the city of Hamilton – together we work at breaking down the barriers around mental health stigma. We strive to be a voice for those suffering with mental health challenges.

We continue to host Moodwalks bi-weekly and invite youth to join us on our hikes. For more information please check out our social media platforms or call 905-577-1020.

Moving on Mental Health Contacts

The Lynwood Charlton Centre Lead Agency team comprises an internal working group led by Alex Thomson, Executive Director and Maggie Inrig, Director of Systems Operations. Please contact Alex or Maggie should you have any inquiries about Moving on Mental Health in Hamilton.

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Director of System Planning
Maggie Inrig
905-389-1361 ext 282

Executive Director
Lisa Whittaker
905-389-1361 ext 223

Louise Murray-Leung

Family Engagement Lead
Louise Murray-Leung