The Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) provides interdisciplinary, family-centred care for infants, children and adolescents with mental illness. As part of an academic health sciences centre, we integrate research, teaching, patient care and advocacy to advance knowledge about mental illness and promote evidence-based practice in supporting children’s mental health.
The Department of Psychiatry’s outpatient, day hospital and inpatient programs see more than 10,000 patients each year. SickKids’ Department of Psychiatry provides tertiary and quaternary care, specializing in unique cases and providing care to patients with complex presentations of mental illness. Clinical services offered at SickKids include the SickKids Child and Youth Psychiatry Outpatient Program, the Acute Inpatient, Day Hospital and Emergency Care (AIDE) Program and the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Program. Each of these programs consists of a multi-disciplinary team that provides strong patient and family-centered care. In addition, the Telepsychiatry program (Tele-Link Mental Health Program) provides the unique opportunity to take part in consultation to families and health-care practitioners in communities via videoconferencing.
Our clinical service delivery model aims to improve service by significantly reducing wait times and introducing new ways to provide highly specialized care to our most complex patients. The Mental Health Access Program (MHAP) triages referrals to all psychiatry services to facilitate more efficient access and flow. The Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to fostering collaboration with primary mental health-care facilities and internal entities such as The Centre for Brain and Mental Health to further increase integration and efficiency.
If you have immediate concerns about your child’s mental health please go to your closest emergency medical service.
Please see Immediate Mental Health Services for more information on services that can be called or accessed for urgent mental health concerns.