The onset of most mental illnesses occur during adolescence or young adulthood and can interfere with youth as they develop independent living skills and interpersonal relationships. Mental illness can also affect a youth’s family life, and educational, recreational and vocational activities. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is essential in building a solid foundation for a bright future. Ontario Shores has recently expanded its Adolescent Program to provide youth, 12 to 17, with enhanced care and programming based on their specialized needs. Patients work in partnership with staff to learn how to manage their illness, improve their coping skills and develop the necessary tools to successfully return to the community at an optimal level of well-being. All services are provided in a caring and supportive environment that fosters independence, confidence and self-esteem.

Ontario Shores also provides access to a Virtual Emergency Room for patients living in distant areas.

Adolescent Inpatient Services

Adolescent Outpatient Services

Outpatients can be referred through Durham Central Intake at 1.888.454.6275 or through Ontario Shores Central Intake.

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Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) Coalition of Durham

The TAMI Coalition of Durham is an alliance of community agencies, school boards, youth, people with mental illness and other community members. These groups work together to build awareness, understanding and compassion about mental illness and mental health issues. Learn more about TAMI...

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