The McCain Centre is driving clinical research, community partnerships and youth engagement initiatives designed to influence mental health policy and practice.
Up to 15 per cent of young people have a serious mental illness, yet only 16 per cent of them get the care they need. Barriers include stigma; lack of mental health literacy; long wait lists; strict exclusion criteria based on age, difficulty or combination of illnesses; lack of developmentally appropriate service options; and a general reluctance to access mental health services, especially those designed for adults.
The Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health is working to lift these barriers.
Established in 2012 through a $10-million investment by the Hon. Margaret McCain, the McCain Centre is driving clinical research, community partnerships and youth engagement initiatives designed to influence mental health policy and practice.
The centre is committed to addressing challenges in delivering care, too. Young people and their families need developmentally sensitive, evidence-based services in environments that are right for them. Furthermore, despite a growing body of new studies on effective mental health interventions and clinical practice guidelines, implementation varies greatly from setting to setting. The benefits of interventions are often partial and short-lived.
The needs of children and youth are not being served adequately by the current mental health system. Increased knowledge, improved access and better quality of services will be key to improving service and mental health policy in Canada.
The McCain Centre is creating hope for healthier lives for children, youth and families.
Dr. Joanna Henderson
Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health
Young people and their families need the best care possible in the right environment so they can recover quickly and achieve healthier lives.
The Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health is committed to transforming the lives of young people and their families through discovery, innovation and system change.
Aligning with CAMH’s vision, the McCain Centre is a hub of clinical research, community partnerships and youth engagement initiatives. It brings together researchers and innovators in the field of child, youth and family mental health to identify and develop evidence-based changes to the way mental health care is offered; demonstrate positive outcomes; implement and sustain the changes through appropriate partnerships, continuing education and knowledge translation; and continuously study the outcomes to feed our findings back into the cycle of development.
The McCain Centre is unique in that it emphasizes extensive community engagement and partnership to ensure the needs of our target populations are understood and being met–and that the centre's findings and knowledge are shared broadly to achieve widespread impact.
The McCain Centre is structured around three strategic pillars: discovery, innovation and system change. These pillars are inter-related, with each influencing and building from the others.