Resources

Resources for Children and Youth Services

General Information and Forms

Family Resources:

  • Muskoka Family Network – A network for families and friends touched by a disability to come together. It is all about connecting with other families.

Child and Youth Mental Health

Resources to support Child and Youth Mental Health:

  • Mental Health Crisis Line for Children and Youth – 1.844.287.9072 (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Muskoka, Nipissing and Parry Sound).
  • Kids Help Phone – 1.800.668.6868. (For children and youth between the ages of 5 and 20. Provides professional counseling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. Phone and online via web post or live chat Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free, anonymous and confidential).
  • Good2Talk – 1.866.925.5454 (For people between the ages of 17-25; post-secondary students in Ontario. Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. Free, confidential and anonymous helpline. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Ontario Distress Centres (All ages – A free telephone help-line for people experiencing emotional distress (including suicide). Provide listening and referral services primarily through highly trained volunteers. Most centres are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • SuicidePrevention.ca

Ontario Autism Program

Resources to support families as part of the North East Ontario Autism Program (NE OAP):

Please complete and return both of the forms below to start the referral process:

Autism Walk-In Clinics schedule: 

First Tuesday of every month from noon to 6:00 pm:

  • Walk-in to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
    391 Oak Street East, North Bay
  • Or, call Hands to book your virtual visit.

Third Tuesday of every month starting November 20th from noon to 6:00 pm:

  • Walk-in to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
    2 May Street, Parry Sound
  • Or, call Hands to book your virtual visit.

Virtual Autism Walk-In Clinics: 

Available the first and third Tuesday of every month from noon to 6:00 pm for families across North Eastern Ontario. To make arrangements for a same-day virtual session, parents may call Hands at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 3200, starting at 9:00 am the morning of each Clinic.

Note: Please note Hands’ Walk-In Clinics are not a crisis or emergency service. If you experiencing a crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1.844.287.9072 or visit your nearest health centre.

Tip sheets are brief summaries of information that can be provided to help families understand a variety of themes that are relevant to their child/youth’s development or Family Service Plan.

Tip sheets that are available for distribution are:

At Hands, we understand that parents and caregivers may worry if their toddler/preschooler has some form of developmental delay.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child shows any of the following signs, please speak with Hands, your pediatrician or family doctor as soon as possible:

  • Not responding to sounds, voices, or name
  • Poor eye contact
  • No social smiling by 6 months
  • Unusual attachment to or use of toys/objects
  • Not showing items or sharing interests
  • No babbling, pointing, meaningful gestures by 12 months
  • Any loss of speech or social skills
  • No two-word phrases by 24 months
  • No use of single words by 16 months