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South West CCAC




Mental Health and Addictions Nurses

Students soAdults chatting with adolescent outside schoolmetimes face immense social and educational pressures both at home and school. These pressures can result in mental health or addiction issues that may be difficult to manage, or these stresses can be more difficult to manage because of a pre-existing mental health issue.

  • Nearly one in five Ontario children under the age of 19 experiences a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.

  • Seventy percent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

Mental Health and Addiction Nurses (MHANs) are now working in schools across the South West to help ensure that children with mental health issues get the help they need, as quickly and effectively as possible.

The South West CCAC is working together with school boards and community partners to support our young patients with mental health and addictions to help them stay at school, and succeed.

If you are struggling with depression, addiction or other mental health issues, Mental Health and Addiction nurses can help support you to get the care you need. 

Supporting kids and teens at school

Schools are at the forefront of dealing with mental health and addictions issues experienced by children and youth. We work with the school boards to first identify those in need of care, and then provide supports for the schools you attend.

The services offered by these nurses complement the programs already provided through schools and community-based mental health and addiction organizations.

How can Mental Health and Addiction Nurses help?

Nurses focus on the success of students with mental health or addiction issues, helping them thrive at school, remain in school, or successfully transition back to school after being in the hospital.

We work together with school boards, teachers and community-based organizations to support students and their families as they deal with mental health and addictions issues. 

Support might include:

  • Meeting with students one-on-one at home or at school
  • Providing mental health and addictions education to students their family
  • Providing short-term therapy
  • Connecting with family doctors and schools
  • Helping students understand their medications
  • Assisting students in transitioning back to school from a hospital or other health institution
  • Connecting students to mental health and addictions services in the community
  • Giving students the tools to stay in school, thrive in school, and manage your future with success

Who is eligible for these services?

Mental Health and Addictions Nursing is available to children and youth in schools who may have mild to complex mental health and/or substance abuse issues.  As well, this program supports students who are transitioning back to school from the hospital or other care setting.

Access to this program is available by referral through your local school board.

For more information about Mental Health and Addiction Nurses, please contact Anita Cole, Regional Manager of Patient Care.

anita.cole@sw.ccac-ont.ca