Mental Health Services for Children, Youth & Families
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Mental Health Services for Children, Youth & Families

MATC provides a range of mental health services to children and adolescents who experience psychiatric and/or emotional disorders.

A full continuum of programs and services, both community and hospital based, are available to children, adolescents and their families. Services range from brief interventions to intensive long-term treatment.

Treatment is provided from a variety of perspectives and is delivered in partnership with parents and collateral agencies.

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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Centralized Intake

Centralized Intake for Child & Adolescent Mental Health provides a single point of entry for all services in the WRHA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program.

This service enables clients and families to access the appropriate programs and services based on the individual needs of the client and their family.

Referrals for services can be made by families, caregivers, self-referrals, physicians, mental health professionals and other service providers.

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Youth Addictions Centralized Intake Service

Youth Addictions Centralized Intake is a Provincial service that offers information and support to parents regarding the Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act.

It serves to provide information to youth, their families and allied professionals regarding addiction services for youth in Manitoba.

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What’s New

Update:  October 15, 2020

MATC has a pandemic response plan and is prepared to act immediately should a positive case be identified within any of its sites.  MATC remains committed to the safety of all those that work and/or visit our sites and will continue to update internal infection prevention and control practices to ensure all processes and policies remain current.  Please note the following when bringing your child/youth to MATC:

Remember to bring and wear a mask at MATC

While much of the work we do at MATC continues to be done virtually, we are seeing clients and families in our buildings.  All staff, visitors, outpatients, support persons, tradespeople, contractors, and vendors, must wear a non-medical mask when entering/exiting and onsite at all MATC buildings.  Exceptions to wearing a mask include children under the age of five (5) years, people with underlying health conditions, or individuals who require assistance in wearing a mask.

 

 

 

 

Designated Inpatient Visitors – 120 Tecumseh

We recognize the importance of family connection. Please speak with your care team who will work together with patients and family members to consider individual circumstances, and current provincial guidelines. Rest assured, MATC will find extra support for your child if you are unable to be onsite.

 

 

Keeping Safe

We are taking precautions at all our sites:  wearing masks or PPE, physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and regular sanitizing.

In order to help keep everyone safe and minimize the chance of transmission of infections during this pandemic, staff, clients, families, and visitors are all screened before entering MATC, and will not be allowed to enter if they are sick.

It is important that everyone refrain from coming to MATC if they are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms such as fever or cough.

 

 

 

Take the test: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/

All Manitobans may now self-refer to COVID-19 testing locations.

For details and testing site locations, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html

 

 

Staff who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 as outlined by Shared Health are required to be tested and to contact their manager and Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OESH).  Staff will not return to work until advised by OESH that it is safe to do so.  If a member of a staff’s household (child, spouse etc.) is exposed to COVID-19 and is required to self-isolate or is awaiting test results, staff will contact OESH and follow their directions.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case being connected to any one of the MATC sites, Public Health will provide guidance including support for contact tracing.  Public Health may request records of onsite visitors including clients who may have been exposed and will assess the need for any site closure. 

 

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children and adolescents.

MATC continues to provide mental health services during this time.  To keep clients and staff safe, we are changing appointments to be delivered through video-conference or telephone.

If you are experiencing severe mental health issues, please call 911 or the Mobile Crisis Team at 204-949-4777

If you would like to make a referral for your child/adolescent, please contact the WRHA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intake Service at 204-958-9660.

For all the latest updates for families and Manitobans – click here

Free download available on this website for book Corona-virus: A book for childrenHERE

Free download available on this website for book My Hero is YouHERE

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba has started an anxiety support line to help people cope with the stress of COVID-19.

Starting on Monday March 23, 2020, people can contact the support line at 204-925-0040 to speak to one of the organization’s staff.
The support line will be answered and checked regularly between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Manitoba Government, Department of Families has compiled a list of resources for parents and caregivers to keep their children active.  Click here for the complete list.

The Story of the Oyster and The Butterfly by ©Ana M. Gomez is a children’s book and is available by clicking Here

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety about COVID-19- click here

Managing Stress during COVID-19 – click here 

Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program – Now Available
Help when you need it. Where you need it.

AbilitiCBT

Caring for your mental health is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. AbilitiCBT is a new digital therapy program from Morneau Shepell, available to all Manitobans experiencing low to mid symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic.

You will be able to connect to a professional therapist trained to help you deal with:

pandemic challenges
the state of uncertainty
physical isolation
care for family and community members
information overload
stress management

To sign up for the AbilitiCBT Program click here

HELPING YOUTH
There are many healthy ways to cope youth cope with stress. Have them:

Talk to people they trust about their feelings – email, text, phone, video-chat. This could be a friend, parent, Elder, teacher, counsellor or a phone line support person.Have fun! Do things they enjoy. Remember physical activity/exercise can lower stress and make them feel happier and energized.

Find ways to relax. Take a walk, read, listen to music, watch a movie, have a nap, pray, smudge, do yoga or do deep breathing. For more relaxation tips, go to: www.stresshacks.ca.

Ask friends what helps them feel better and cope with the stress.
Tell a story about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them: draw, write, sing, dance, journal, take photos.

Think about times in the past when things were difficult for you, and what helped you get through the hard times then.

Help support others. When feeling stressed, helping to support others takes you outside their own troubles for awhile.

Find a way to remember both the good and the bad things during the pandemic (ex: shoot a video, write, take pictures).

 

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Visit our Education page for more details on these free workshops.

 


Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Manitoba is on the original lands of the Dakota, Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, Inuit and Metis Nation.

We acknowledge that the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC) is located on Treaty One territory.

We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories and we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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