What is it?
Child psychiatry focuses on the mental health of children and youth. There are two child psychiatrists on the territory, one of whom also does autism testing. In addition, some communities have Mental Health nurses, who can help provide mental health services for children and youth.
Who is it for?
The program serves children and youth up to age 18 who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The program also can serve older youth in exceptional cases, such as with individuals with special needs.
Where is it offered?
Child Psychiatry services are offered at your local CMC. If intensive therapy is required, clients can be seen at the Montreal Children’s Hospital or can receive specialized therapy with other counsellors.
What is it like?
Your child is first seen alone with the psychiatrist; if needed, a Cree interpreter will be provided. Then, the psychiatrist will see your child along with you or another guardian.
How long does it last?
Sessions last between 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours, depending on the specific needs of the case.
How can I get this service?
You must first meet with a pediatrician or family doctor, who will refer your child to receive psychiatric services.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about child psychiatry services in Eeyou Istchee, contact your local CMC.