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Mental Health and Addictions Nurses Program Launches Back-to-School Awareness Campaign

Ottawa, August 30, 2013 - A new team of dedicated mental health and addictions nurses will provide mental health and addiction supports and services to children and youth in eight district school boards across the Champlain region.

Educators in Ontario rank mental health and substance abuse as a critical issue for school systems. With students going back to school, the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Mental Health and Addictions Nurses are ready to help them and their families by:

  • Meeting with students one-on-one in school or at home
  • Providing mental health and addictions education to students, families and school staff
  • Medication monitoring and support
  • Linking students to mental health and addictions services in the community
  • Connecting with family doctors and schools

"Back-to-school time can be a stressful adjustment period for youth and their families. Our focus is to connect with students early—as issues start to develop—to link them to the appropriate resources in their school or community," says Ron Merkley, Registered Nurse, Champlain CCAC Mental Health and Addictions program.

The program builds on the role CCACs currently play in connecting people with the care they need, based on comprehensive assessments and care planning, while supporting coordinated and integrated care delivery.

"We look forward to working with our partners in the mental health field to support students. We know that 70 per cent of mental health issues begin during childhood or adolescence. Our specialized Mental Health and Addictions Nurses have the expertise to make a difference in young lives," says Gilles Lanteigne, CEO, Champlain CCAC.

During back-to-school season, the Champlain CCAC is also raising awareness about mental health resources available to children and youth on its Champlain Healthline website.

For more information about the Mental Health and Addictions Nursing program, follow the Champlain CCAC on Facebook and Twitter.


About the Champlain CCAC

The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is one of the largest health service providers in eastern Ontario, connecting people to care in a region covering over 18,000 sq. km. Every year, the Champlain CCAC supports clients in a variety of settings through injury, illness and the complications of age or disability by facilitating their access to information, community-based services and other resources. Our client care coordination teams help develop care plans for people of all ages, focused on maintaining independence and dignity at home and in their community.